A witness at the trial of a man accused of murdering his own baby son told Sheffield Crown Court the child looked as though he had been beaten up by Mike Tyson.
Michael Beaumont is accused of the murder of his 11-month-old son Kadan.
Sharon Laver, who was giving evidence at Beaumont’s trial, said she had called at his home after her friend Kay Cunliffe rang her to say she was concerned about the child.
Ms Laver went to the gate at the bottom of Beaumont’s garden in Chapel Street, Hoyland, Barnsley.
She shouted to gain his attention and Beaumont came out holding the child in his arms.
She could see Kadan had bruises to his head as well as under his eyes, and that his lip was split.
She said: “It looked as though he had been beaten up by Mike Tyson.
“ I told Mikey to get him seen at the hospital.
“If it were my child I would have taken him to hospital straight away.”
Ms Laver asked Beaumont what had happened to Kadan, and he claimed that the dog had knocked him over in the garden near the trampoline and he had banged his head.
The child was not taken to hospital.
He died the next day from massive head injuries which, the prosecution says, were caused just hours before his death.
Ms Laver said that, on another occasion, she had seen Beaumont as he ‘slammed’ Kadan down onto a concrete floor in her kitchen.
When she asked why he did it she said Beaumont replied that he was stressed and added: “He has to learn.”
Ms Laver said she told Beaumont she thought his treatment of the child was harsh, and warned him if he was to do anything like it again he would not be welcome in her home.
Beaumont, aged 28, from Pitsmoor, denies murder.
Kadan’s mother Helen Barnes, 27, denies cruelty to a child by neglecting to seek medical assistance.
The trial continues.