Tayside and Central Scotland

Dundee woman Louise Dixon swung baby 'violently'

A woman has been warned she faces jail after admitting she "violently" swung a four-week-old baby around and then assaulted a man while holding the baby.

Louise Dixon, 26, of Dundee, was drunk and on drugs at the time of the offences, prosecutors said.

Dixon also admitted assaulting two police officers on 7 May 2011. She will be sentenced next month.

Allegations that she tried to throw the baby at officers trying to arrest her were dropped at Dundee Sheriff Court.

The court was told that Dixon picked up the baby and "violently swung him back and forth" on the evening of 6 May.

She then attacked a man at the flat in Balunie Drive, Dundee, while holding the child in her arms.

'Complete disregard'

Dixon then took the baby to another address in nearby Whitfield Avenue, the court heard.

Prosecutors said she was unfit to provide adequate care for the child and had exposed him to the risk of injury and unnecessary suffering.

She then continued drinking into the early hours of 7 May - "showing complete disregard" for the child's safety - the court heard.

Later that day police officers came to Balunie Drive, where Dixon had returned.

She assaulted Pc Mark Norris by scratching him on the arms and attacked Pc Lindsey Knox by repeatedly kicking her on the body as they tried to subdue her.

Drug addiction

Dixon pleaded guilty to two charges of assaulting police officers and one of wilfully ill-treating the four-week-old child in a manner likely to cause him injury or suffering.

Not guilty pleas to charges of breach of the peace, possession of diazepam and a further assault were accepted by the Crown.

Ian Houston, defending, said Dixon had previously served time in prison.

He added: "There is a former drug addiction in the background that is now under control.

"Given the nature of the charges against her, some inquiry into the circumstances and her present situation will be required."

Sheriff Jamie Gilmour deferred sentence until July and called for a social background report to be prepared. Dixon was released on bail.

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