Baby Jordan Hathaway died 'after father shook him'

Simon and Anne Hathaway
Image caption Simon and Anne Hathaway's five-week-old son Jordan died at the family home in February 2011

A five-week-old baby died of bleeding to the brain after his father shook him violently in a rage and threw him on to a sofa, a court heard.

Simon Hathaway, 32, is accused of the manslaughter of son Jordan in Colnbrook, Slough, on 22 February 2011.

Mr Hathaway, from Cerne Close, Hayes, Middlesex, is on trial at Reading Crown Court alongside his wife, Anne.

Mrs Hathaway, 21, is accused of wilfully neglecting her son. The pair deny the charges.

'Golden hour'

Jordan died at Wexham Park Hospital, Slough, less than 90 minutes after his parents first contacted their GP surgery, the court was told.

Joanna Glynn, prosecuting, said a "golden hour" between baby Jordan receiving his injuries and receiving medical attention could have saved his life.

She said Mr Hathaway was downstairs alone at the time of the assault while his wife was upstairs sleeping.

The court was told that Mrs Hathaway alerted her doctor's surgery at 08:47 GMT and was advised to call an ambulance immediately. But she did not ring 999 until 09:25 GMT - 38 minutes later.

Fractures to the baby's legs and one arm and injuries to the back of his eyes were caused when Simon Hathaway shook him, jurors were told.

Miss Glynn said the force used to inflict the injuries "was beyond any normal or even rough handling".

The trial continues.

Related Internet links

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