'S**t c***': Violent Gladstone dad injures baby
A DAD, who injured a baby during ongoing violence toward the mother, left the family home in the hope that the mother would have her children returned.
In a case before Gladstone Magistrates Court, it was revealed that the man, aged in his 20s, in one violent incident pushed a 20-month-old toddler's head into the floor, causing the nose to bleed.
The baby's nose was not broken but the infant had been taken to hospital for examination.
The children were removed from their mother's care by a government agency as a result of the ongoing domestic violence.
The man pleaded guilty to contravention of a Domestic Violence Order - aggravated offence in December 2015.
Although he was prohibited from going to her home, police, after receiving a call, found him near her home walking away.
Prosecutor Sgt Barry Stevens said the former couple had a verbal argument over their car and the man began verbally abusing her, calling her "a s**t, a c**t...".
"She says he held his hand over her mouth to stop her screaming and he was swearing, calling her a ****** s**t," he said.
"He pushed over the Christmas tree and struck a pedestal fan. He confirms his bad language was out of frustration but denies breaking the tree and fan."
When magistrate Penelope Hay asked the Prosecutor about the violent incident with the child, Sgt Stevens said the man was sleeping on a couch.
"The child asked him about breakfast. He grabs the child's head into the floor and causes the nose to bleed," Sgt Stevens said.
"Fortunately, the nose was not broken."
Ms Hay told the man: "Your history indicates a very clear problem with personal family relationships. You are at the point of looking at imprisonment."
The man was sentenced to eight months' jail and immediately released on supervised court ordered parole. (more serious that probation). He is prohibited from contacting his ex-partner.