Plymouth couple jailed for child cruelty

Christopher and Charlotte Sheldon Christopher and Charlotte Sheldon blamed each other for the abuse

Related Stories

A couple have been jailed for three years each for attacking their baby son.

Christopher, 32, and Charlotte Sheldon, 24, assaulted their son Ethan at least three times in the first four months of his life, Plymouth Crown Court heard.

Both were found guilty of ill treating or assaulting Ethan between his birth in May 2010 and October 2010 at their home in Sefton Avenue, Plymouth.

They were also convicted of failing to seek medical attention for his wounds.

Six broken bones

Plymouth Crown Court heard the baby was repeatedly struck with a long thin implement like a piece of flex or cutlery and squeezed so hard that his ribs broke.

The baby suffered six broken bones - three ribs, a collarbone, ankle and big toe - and 20 bruises which doctors said could not have been caused accidentally.

Both parents, who have since separated, blamed each other for harming their son.

The court heard Ethan would have been in pain for several days from his injuries.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Devon



Min. Night 3 °C

Features & Analysis

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • ReadingBest books

    BBC Culture takes a look at ten books you should read in February


  • A car being driven by Cruise Automation technologyClick Watch

    The tech which could allow any car with an automatic gearbox to become self-driving

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.