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Redruth Dad Convicted of Cruelty to Baby Son

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7:35am 22nd June 2012

A Redruth man whose baby son was found covered with bruises and suffering eighteen rib fractures has been convicted of child cruelty.

Truro Crown Court heard Anthony Craddock from Illogan Highway assaulted the five month old.

A Truro Crown Court jury found Craddock, of Barncoose Terrace, Illogan Highway, guilty of two charges of having wilfully assaulted the tot causing him unnecessary harm and distress.

The baby's mother, 20-year-old Jade Ninnis, of Green Lane, Redruth pleaded guilty to wilful neglect at an earlier hearing and gave evidence against Craddock during his four day trial.

Both will be sentenced by Mr Justice Butterfield next Friday.

The jury of nine women and three men heard from consultant paediatrician Dr Julia Harvey that when she examined the baby last January she found bruises on the back of his head, his temple and his body some of which would have required considerable force and could not have been suffered accidentally.

Dr Simon Thorogood, a consultant radiologist, said that the tot had suffered fractures of his ribs on at least three occasions.

Jade Ninnis spoke of their relationship having been a violent one. 

Craddock claimed that at the hospital Ninnis had suggested he should lie about having fallen over when holding their baby.

He admitted losing his temper and punching holes in the bedroom and bathroom doors but told the jury "I would never do anything to hurt a child. I love my son, he is my world".

Craddock was remanded in custody.

7:35am 22nd June 2012

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