Haverhill dad hurt baby while out buying cannabis

Two teenagers were approached by a man in a car who asked them to get in
Two teenagers were approached by a man in a car who asked them to get in

A father broke his baby’s wrist by forcefully lifting out of his pram after taking him out to buy cannabis, a court heard.

Joshua Lawrence, 23, of Haverhill, was “agitated” after spending an hour trying to get his hands on the drugs.

Despite six-week-old Willis’ mum offering to deal with him, Lawrence pulled him from the pram, giving him a black eye as he hit his head on the side.

Caroline Allison, prosecuting, told Cambridge Crown Court that Willis hadn’t been feeding and had been crying constantly.

Miss Allison said following the incident on March 6 last year, social services became involved following a report from a member of the public.

She added: “Willis was examined in hospital and had a ‘suspicious and non-accidental’ spiral type fracture of his left wrist.

“Being only six weeks old, this gave concern to the authorities. Both parents were arrested and questioned.”

In interview Lawrence admitted losing his temper and grabbing Willis forcefully.

When he was arrested he had “remnants of cannabis” on him.

Lawrence pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm and possession of cannabis.

Thomas Brown, defending, said Lawrence knew his actions were wrong, adding “He lost his temper because Willis was inconsolable; it’s a matter of bitter regret for him.

“But he had the bravery to accept what he’d done, he is now trying to build a meaningful relationship with his children.”

Sentencing Lawrence to 12 months suspended for two years, Judge Gareth Hawkesworth said: “It was the height of irresponsibility to take your baby out to buy drugs.

“This was a reckless and bad tempered action.”

Lawrence also received a 30-day Rehab Activity Requirement.