SHANE STONE – from Knowle West, Bristol

Babysitter, 23, faces jail after BITING a one-year-old boy’s face before trying to claim the youngster had headbutted him during a disturbance with a cat.

Having initially denied the offence of child cruelty, Stone changed his plea to guilty at Bristol Crown Court

He faces jail after a judge postponed his sentencing for a psychiatic report

A babysitter is facing jail after he admitted biting a baby in the face, having claimed the child headbutted him when he picked him to protect him from the cat. 

Shane Stone was looking after the one-year-old boy, who cannot be named, in September last year.

When the little boy’s mum got home, she noticed a mark on his face which appeared to be a bite.

But Stone, from Knowle West, Bristol, told her the baby had headbutted him, and denied any wrongdoing. 

He was due to face trial at Bristol Crown Court last this month but changed his plea, to the charge of child cruelty, to guilty.

Judge Mark Horton adjourned the 23-year-old’s sentencing for a psychiatric report.   

Kenneth Bell, prosecuting, said Stone was left alone with the baby for about three-and-a-half hours by the boy’s mother.

The child was to be fed and put down for a sleep, the court heard.

Mr Bell said: ‘All seemed to be in order. When the mother returned she discovered that there was a curved mark around his right cheek.

‘It appeared to be a bite mark. The mother asked him questions and they argued.’

The mother reported the injury to police by which time the baby had a pronounced bruise covering most of his right cheek.

Stone told police it was accidental, saying the baby head-butted him in the mouth when he picked him up during a disturbance with a cat.

Mr Bell said: ‘Clearly it was a deliberate bite mark.’

Jane Middleton, a probation officer, said Stone had been prescribed medication for his mental health, which he was taking ‘off and on’.

She said: ‘He has a history of heavy cannabis use. He suffers with anxiety and depression. He accepts what he did.

‘He found it too difficult to talk about it. Clearly his shame and remorse was obvious.’

The court heard Stone maintained he had always been very good with children and his mother confirmed that.


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