A JUDGE branded a former holiday sales rep from Bridlington “a danger to children” as he jailed him for five years for battering the babies of two of his former girlfriends.
Adam Hewitt, 25, battered, shook and squeezed the two babies, leaving one in a coma and the other in hospital. Both have been removed from their mothers’ care.
Hewitt fooled police into not suspecting he had attacked a 10-month-old baby, causing a fractured skull.
He talked his way out of responsibility in an interview at hospital and was not initially prosecuted.
Within 12 months he moved on to another girlfriend and attacked her 13-month-old child – breaking 11 ribs, a leg and causing permanent brain damage.
Sentencing at Hull Crown Court last Friday, Judge Jeremy Baker QC told Hewitt: “I am satisfied you pose a significant risk to children in the future.
“You have demonstrated a low tolerance level of young children. On both these occasion you lost your temper and caused serious injury.
“You caused serious harm to vulnerable children.”
He jailed Hewitt for a total of five years for two charges of causing grievous bodily harm – two years for the assault on the first child and three years on the second, to run consecutively.
In court the family of the two child’s mothers reacted with fury at the sentence, shouting at Hewitt who sat stone-faced in the dock.
One shouted: “I hope you rot in hell. You are evil. Die!”
Both mothers ran weeping from court shouting in frustration and hugging family members.
In a victim impact statement read to court, the first mother said: “This has had a massive impact on my family., I have lost my child as a result of this case.
“It’s been like a knife sticking in my stomach. It has destroyed my family.”
The second mother, whose child suffered a brain injury, said: “I made a big mistake.
“I fell for the wrong person. I will regret that for the rest of my life.”
She said she fell pregnant by Hewitt and took the decision to have his child aborted.
She added: “This was a massive wrench to me as I have lost two children before. He was the first partner that I had introduced my children to.”
The court heard the 13-month-old child is so badly affected the foster parents returned it to local authority care before Christmas as they could not cope.
The second mum said she was at first warned by social services of Hewitt battering the first baby, but then told he had been cleared.
He almost escaped justice twice after the Crown Prosecution Service dropped the entire case, fearing insufficient evidence.
But after being brought to court three years after the last attack, Hewitt was finally found guilty by a jury at Hull Crown Court on January 27 after a 10-day trial.
The jury were told Hewitt was working as a holiday rep when he met one of the mothers in Bridlington in 2007.
The former pig farmer assaulted her baby after it was left in his care.
Friends of the woman saw him throw the child three metres across a room on to a hard sofa and dangle the baby by one leg. He called his attacks playing “Superman”.
When his girlfriend left him alone with her baby to go to the supermarket, he attacked the child, causing a complex skull fracture. She returned home to find her baby crying.
The baby spent nine days in hospital and Hewitt’s relationship with the mother ended when suspicions over his involvement in the child’s injury grew.
In 2008, he met another mother of a young baby.
She noticed marks on her 10-month-old baby and a red handprint on its face, but refused to believe Hewitt was responsible.
The jury were never told of the life-changing consequences of his violence.
Judge Jeremy Baker, QC, said the case was aggravated because of the injuries to the children, which were consistent with the type where a child is dropped from a height of more than two metres or involved in a road traffic accident.
He told Hewitt: “I am satisfied there is a history of you harming young children in your hands.
“There were occasions when you were alone with them.”
He said the case was aggravated because the consequences of the injuries to the second child were such it had to be fostered and was found to be too difficult to handle and so had been returned to local authority care.