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Firefighter Lewis Mills, accused of cruelty, neglect or wilful assault to a child under 16.

Firefighter Lewis Mills, accused of cruelty, neglect or wilful assault to a child under 16.

A fireman in court over two fractures suffered by a baby boy provided police with two explanations for how the youngster may have sustained the injuries.

Lewis Mills, aged 28, initially told officers that he had no idea how the four-month-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, came by the fractures.

But later detailed two incidents in which he claims it was possible the child may have been hurt.

He said on the day the child was taken to Sheffield Children’s Hospital with a broken arm he had bent over while holding the baby to pick up a bottle of milk from the floor, claiming it was possible he may have trapped the youngster’s arm.

Mills also recalled an incident a few weeks earlier where another man was holding the baby as an older child jumped onto his lap, causing him to narrowly avoid dropping the tot.

Sheffield Crown Court heard that during his police interviews Mills, of Stanley Road, Chapeltown, repeatedly denied being responsible for inflicting the baby’s injuries.

He is charged with two counts of cruelty, neglect or wilful assault to a child under the age of 16 relating to a fractured arm and rib discovered in March 2012, which he denies.

After being asked during a police interview whether the baby had ‘been dropped, fallen or in contact with hard surfaces’ Mills replied ‘no, not to my knowledge’.

When asked whether anything had been ‘done deliberate’ to cause the injuries he replied ‘no, no, no, never’.

He told police he felt ‘devastated’ when a full body scan revealed a fractured rib on top of the arm injury already known about saying he felt it was ‘not acceptable’ not to have realised the baby was injured.

He said it had been thought that the child had been ‘unsettled’ because of colic.

Jurors were told he had co-operated fully with the police probe into the injuries.

The trial continues.

 
 
 

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