Dad jailed for bashing baby



AS MARK Jason Keyes drove his badly injured baby son to Rockhampton Hospital he made up a series of lies to hide the terrible truth.

But he was quickly exposed as a baby basher when doctors discovered the full extent of potentially fatal injuries inflicted upon the 3 1/2-month-old boy.

After Keyes and the boy's mother arrived at the emergency department shortly after midnight in December 2002, doctors discovered the baby was suffering from a fractured skull, a blood clot close to the brain, bleeding from both retinas and showing symptoms of asphyxiation.

Police were called in to investigate as the baby spent four days recovering in hospital.

Keyes told police he had accidentally rolled on the baby while sleeping and his son had also hit his head on a window sill while playing.

Rockhampton eye specialist Dr Malcolm Whaites said the damage to his eyes appeared to be a classic case of shaken baby syndrome.

Dr Whaites said even a serious car accident was unlikely to cause that degree of bleeding.

Detectives also taped a phone conversation between the boy's mother and Keyes where he admitted he was lying about the in- juries.

Yesterday in Rockhampton District Court, Judge Grant Britton sentenced Keyes, 31, to 2 1/2 years' jail, to be suspended after 10 months, after he pleaded guilty to a charge of grievous bodily harm.



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