THE mother of a man accused of killing his baby son by shaking him and striking him with a hard object told a jury she thought the infant was ‘alright’ before being left in his dad’s sole care.
Ian Hutchinson, aged 24, allegedly murdered seven-week-old Kieron Hutchinson by violently attacking him at his mum Georgina’s house on Station Road, Chapeltown.
Kieron died in Sheffield Children’s Hospital four days after suffering his injuries, which included a large skull fracture, bleeding behind both eyes and severe brain damage.
Georgina Hutchinson told Sheffield Crown Court that Ian visited her on September 3 last year with wife Rebecca and Kieron.
“I took Kieron into the house, he was asleep,” she said.
She added that the baby soon woke up.
“Kieron was a bit crotchety and grumpy and Rebecca said he probably needed feeding. I fed him on my lap, he didn’t particularly want it. He spat more out than he actually had.”
Georgina and Rebecca then went to a local supermarket to buy baby wipes, as well as birthday gifts for Georgina’s brother.
Hutchinson’s mother said she had no concerns about the baby beforehand.
“I thought he was alright. I did say he probably needed more of his bottle, and that he probably needed more of a daddy’s touch,” she added.
Georgina told the court she was inside the shop for just minutes when Rebecca received a call from Hutchinson, telling her Kieron was ‘not very well’.
Jurors also heard evidence from Dr David Hughes, a consultant histopathologist who examined Kieron’s bones.
He said the baby had six broken ribs, and that some of the fractures were at least four weeks old.
Dr Hughes added the fractures would have been painful when sustained and may have had an effect on Kieron’s breathing.
The trial continues.