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Parents of baby shaken so hard in lockdown that he suffered a bleed on the brain face jail


  • Father Jordan Carrie is accused of ‘shaking’ the tiny baby at home in June 2020

A mother and father have been found guilty of of causing or allowing serious physical harm to their baby son after he suffered a bleed on the brain.

‘Heavy handed’ Jordan Carrie, 28, was accused of shaking the boy at his girlfriend Keeleigh Watts’ home in Rednal, Birmingham, in June 2020.

A trial at Birmingham Crown Court heard how people were concerned over Carrie’s handling of the baby and that he had referred to him as a ‘s***, r****d and t***’ on one occasion.

A jury was also told Watts, 23, was ‘scared’ of her boyfriend, who she claimed had hit her in the stomach with a bat while she was pregnant.

On Monday they were found both guilty of a single count of causing or allowing serious physical harm to a child.

Jordan Carrie, 28, pictured leaving Birmingham Crown Court was accused of 'shaking' the infant in June 2020

Jordan Carrie, 28, pictured leaving Birmingham Crown Court was accused of ‘shaking’ the infant in June 2020

Keeleigh Watts told the court she was 'scared' of her boyfriend, who she claimed had hit her in the stomach with a bat while she was pregnant

Keeleigh Watts told the court she was ‘scared’ of her boyfriend, who she claimed had hit her in the stomach with a bat while she was pregnant 

The pair had been in a relationship for a couple of months before Watts fell pregnant. Watts lived at her mother’s home at Roseleigh Road, Rednal, where Carrie stayed two nights a week and slept in a bunk bed with her.

Their baby suffered serious injuries on the morning of 13 June 2020, up until which he had been ‘healthy’ and ‘developing normally’.

Prosecutor Jennifer Knight KC said: ‘Sometime before 9:50am he became seriously ill. He was having difficulty breathing, appeared very pale and very floppy. An ambulance was called.

‘He was taken to Birmingham Children’s Hospital where he had an MRI scan. It revealed there was bleeding across the surface of his brain and within the spaces of his brain.’

The infant also had a lot of blood around his spinal column and in his eyes, the court heard. Experts concluded he had ‘suffered an inflicted (deliberate) injury to his head which in their view had been caused by him being shaken’.

The court heard Carrie had caused concerns among his girlfriend’s family who had previously observed him not supporting the baby’s head properly while holding him, slapping him hard while winding, and pushing his head backwards and forwards forcefully while on a FaceTime call.

The parents were found both guilty of a single count of causing or allowing serious physical harm to a child

The parents were found both guilty of a single count of causing or allowing serious physical harm to a child

At one stage Watts’ mother, who ‘gave her daughter a lot of support’, warned her not to leave the child alone with Carrie, the court had heard. 

A neighbour also claimed to have seen him throwing the baby up into the air and catching him in the garden multiple times.

Based on their accounts the prosecution stated it was ‘likely’ Carrie inflicted the injuries to the boy and that Watts ‘failed to take reasonable steps to protect her son’ given her supposed concerns.

Carrie, of Coventry Road, Yardley, and Watts, of Greenvale, Northfield, will be sentenced on March 28.



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