Drunk Sheffield partygoer jailed for attacking baby girl

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A drunk dad-of-two who injured a nine-month-old baby girl at a party in Sheffield is now behind bars.

Although nobody saw the assault, the infant screamed out in pain, alerting revellers at the New Year’s Eve party in Gleadless Valley.

Nathan McDonald, aged 26, of Plowright Way, Gleadless Valley, who admitted causing actual bodily harm, initially told police he had thrown the infant up into the air but failed to catch her because he was drunk and she landed on the floor.

He later admitted causing her injuries, but said he could not remember it due to how much he had drunk.

Jailing him for 16 months, Judge Peter Kelson QC said: “She was caused great pain by what you did.

“You have accepted that while under the influence of alcohol you must have deliberately caused her injuries. Those injuries were significant bruising, swelling and redness to her left cheek, her frenulum was torn and she had blood in her nose.”

Neil Coxon, prosecuting, said McDonald was at the party on New Year’s Eve 2013 when he had an argument with his partner because both had drunk a ‘considerable’ amount of alcohol.

McDonald then went to get the girl.

Mr Coxon said: “Nobody saw what happened to the baby or how the injuries were occasioned, but one witness heard her screaming as if she was in pain.”

The court heard McDonald has previous convictions for violence including assault, battery and causing actual bodily harm.

Amy Earnshaw, mitigating, said, McDonald had since curbed his alcohol misuse.