Evening Telegraph

Tot facing lifetime of disabilities after being repeatedly shaken by local man

High Court in Glasgow

An Arbroath man has admitted shaking a baby, leaving the previously healthy tot facing a lifetime of disabilities.

Dale Thomson, 27, pleaded guilty to seizing the infant and shaking the youngster repeatedly, to severe injury, permanent impairment and to the danger of the child’s life at a property in Dundee on April 1 when he appeared at the High Court in Glasgow.

It is unclear exactly what the future holds for the child, but medical experts predict the youngster is likely to develop cerebral palsy, epilepsy and motor and visual impairments, among other lifelong conditions.

Thomson, who has previous convictions for assault and domestic offences, also admitted assaulting a newborn baby on October 25 2010 at a flat in Dundee.

The court heard that when the baby cried, Thomson seized the youngster by the clothing, lifted the child in the air without supporting the head and thrust the child forcefully on to his lap, aggressively whispering: “Do you want to ******* sleep, what’s wrong with you?” The court heard Thomson had a history of depression and had told a doctor he self-harmed and had suicidal thoughts.

Lord Burns deferred sentencing until October 12 for background reports and remanded Thomson, a prisoner at Perth, in custody until then.