A 33-year-old man, who caused serious harm to a toddler, leaving him with numerous injuries requiring urgent surgery, has been jailed for 12 years.
Daniel Weymyss received his sentence on Friday 2 June after being found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm and neglecting the little boy.
In June 2018, the child was taken to hospital after becoming floppy and unresponsive and was found to have several injuries to his head, face and legs, with bruises on his legs appearing to be handprints.
He was placed in an induced coma and endured surgery to release the pressure on his brain. A scan revealed haemorrhages behind both eyes which were consistent with shaken baby syndrome.
Some of the injuries were unexplained and not consistent with the reasons given of how he may have sustained them. There was also a delay in seeking medical help.
Following a lengthy investigation by our Protecting Vulnerable People team, Weymyss was charged with one count of grievous bodily harm with intent and one count of neglect in November 2020.
After a four-week trial at Luton Crown Court earlier this year, he was found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm and neglect and has now been sentenced to 12 years.
Detective Inspector Louise Gent said: “This was an abhorrent case of abuse towards an innocent and defenceless toddler, and I am pleased that the child is recovering well.
“This was an intensive investigation as Weymyss denied any involvement in causing any of the injuries, using excuses wherever he could, but I am glad that he was found guilty of his despicable actions and is now behind bars and no longer a danger to any other children.
“Protecting children from abuse is absolutely imperative, which is why it is important for anyone with concerns that a child is being neglected, exploited or abused, to report it. We must all play our part in protecting children.”
Anyone with any information or concerns about child abuse or neglect can contact police on 101 or online.
Alternatively, you can visit NSPCC for further help, information or support.