South Yorkshire mum made midnight trip to buy Call of Duty

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A South Yorkshire mum was ordered to go out to buy the latest Call of Duty game on the night her baby was left with a brain injury, a court heard.

Sheffield Crown Court heard the woman was sent to get the Black Ops II game while her partner was left to care for their baby son while drinking Stella and playing Black Ops I.

The dad is accused of inflicting grievous bodily harm by shaking the his son, now aged two-and-a-half, so hard that he was left with a brain injury.

The mum is charged with cruelty by not seeking medical attention. The parents are now separated and cannot be named for legal reasons.

The jury heard the mother went out at 10.45pm on November 12, 2012, to get in the queue to buy the gun-related video game.

She said: “The game came out at 12 but you had to queue up for it.

“(My partner) was playing on his game. He couldn’t be bothered to go.”

The woman told the court her partner had drunk about five or six cans of Stella before she left their home in the Dearne Valley area.

She said he would get ‘silly’, ‘very loud’ and ‘stupid’ when he had had that much to drink but on the night of the alleged attack she said he wasn’t drunk and she thought her son would be safe. When she got home, she checked on her son and he was asleep.

It wasn’t until the next day that she noticed her baby was going ‘purply-blue’ in the mouth. By the time medics were called, he was holding his breath, having seizures and twitching.

The trial continues.