‘Baby was bruised’, jury told

Michael Beaumont, Picture: rossparry.co.uk/Tom Maddick
Michael Beaumont, Picture: rossparry.co.uk/Tom Maddick
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A baby boy aged 11 months, allegedly murdered by his father, had a ‘badly bruised’ face and a ‘swollen head’, a paramedic told a Sheffield jury.

Dale Wragg was driving a fast response car for Yorkshire Ambulance Service when operators received a 999 call and asked him to attend Kadan Beaumont’s home in Chapel Street, Hoyland, Barnsley.

Helen Barnes, Picture: rossparry.co.uk/Tom Maddick

Helen Barnes, Picture: rossparry.co.uk/Tom Maddick

Michael Beaumont, aged 28, now of Pitsmoor, Sheffield, denies murdering his son, Kadan.

Giving evidence for the prosecution, Mr Wragg said he was first to arrive on scene and went upstairs where he found Kadan lying on the floor naked from the waist up.

“My initial impression was that the baby was deceased,” he said.

“He was greyish blue, something we would expect from someone who is either critically ill or deceased.”

Asked if he noticed any injuries, Mr Wragg said: “The child was quite badly bruised around his face and I also noticed his head was badly swollen, especially the forehead.”

Mr Wragg said he asked Mr Beaumont what had happened to his son.

“He told me the child had been knocked down some steps by the family dog the day before,” he said.

“I asked him whether he had taken the child to see any healthcare professional in the time from the incident to the time I arrived, and he said no, he hadn’t.”

Mr Wragg said Kadan’s airway was obstructed, he wasn’t breathing and he gave him mouth-to-mouth resucitation.

Asked if his efforts were successful, Mr Wragg said: “Initially, yes. The baby was trying to breathe and the colour changed. He started to become more pink.”

Mr Wragg said Kadan was displaying classic signs of a head injury, which included clenching his teeth and stiffening his limbs, and was taken by ambulance to Barnsley Hospital.

Kadan’s mother Helen Barnes, 27, denies cruelty to a child by neglecting to seek medical assistance.

The trial continues.