Father ignored toddler's black eyes, bruises for over a week
A FATHER who called an ambulance for himself but denied his toddler son treatment for serious injuries was sentenced today for his cruel, appalling act.
Maroochydore District Court heard the victim, aged two, had black eyes and bruises to his face after the mother had encouraged assaults on him at a Nambour home.
The court heard the defendant father, who cannot be named to protect his victims, did not assault the boy, but was fully-aware of his "obvious and significant injuries”.
He chose to ignore them for more than a week before the mother gave into family members' pressure and took the child to hospital.
The man, 34, pleaded guilty today to one count of child cruelty and to choking the mother during an argument which broke out after police began to investigate the boy's injuries.
The offences relate to a period between November 10 and December 12, 2017.
Judge Glen Cash told the court the mother was deemed more culpable that the father.
She was sentenced in April this year to two years' jail, suspended after one year, on child cruelty charges and two counts of assault occasioning bodily harm in company.
The court heard the man entered his plea after the crown prosecution discontinued two allegations which suggested he was involved in the assault and after a pre-trial hearing during which his former partner gave evidence.
"You were obliged as a parent to seek assistance for your child and you did not do so for about a week,” Judge Cash said.
"That complete failure of your responsibility as a parent is what constitutes the cruelty.
"Your behaviour was appalling, you were not only aware of the injuries and didn't do anything about it.
"During the period that you denied your child assistance, you called an ambulance for yourself for some back injury, and even while the ambulance officers were at your house you didn't get help for your son.”
The court heard the boy's injuries were superficial and not expected to cause any long-term physical consequences.
The man was sentenced to three years' jail for child cruelty and two years for choking his ex-partner.
He was released on parole today having served about one year and eight months in custody on these charges.