A South Yorkshire firefighter went on trial this week accused of assaulting a four-month-old baby boy, breaking his arm and a rib.
The prosecution in the case of Lewis Mills claims the broken bones were “not the result of accidents, but rather caused by a deliberate extreme force”.
Mills, aged 28, of Stanley Road, Chapeltown, denies two counts of cruelty, neglect or wilful assault to a child under the age of 16.
Sheffield Crown Court heard that doctors who treated the baby’s broken arm also found a healing broken rib, and the combination indicated a non-accidental injury.
Mills initially told police he had no idea how the boy sustained the fractures, but later said that on the day of broken arm he may have trapped the child’s arm while holding him and bending over to pick up a bottle of milk. He also recalled an incident a few weeks earlier when another man was holding the baby as an older child jumped on his lap, causing him to narrowly avoid dropping the tot.
The trial continues.