Dad leaves five-week-old baby blind and brain damaged after shaking him in envy over mum's night out

A DAD who left his five-week-old baby blind and brain damaged after shaking him "in frustration" after arguing with his girlfriend over a text message has been jailed for two years.

Mehmet Tufan, 24, inflicted a "catastrophic" injury on his son who is now blind and unable to use his legs.

Tufan, from Kirkby in Merseyside, was set to stand trial after denying inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent.

But prosecutors accepted a plea to the lesser offence of inflicting grievous bodily harm and that it was "a momentary loss of control".

The defendant, then 23, and his girlfriend, 22, lived together with their newborn.

In April last year she went for a night out with her friends, leaving the baby with his dad.

At 10.25pm, his girlfriend messaged him saying: "Some lad come over trying to get me up to dance."

He then saw something about this on Snapchat and sent a message to her friend asking what was going on.

Tufan told the court: "Once I start worrying, I can't really control it."

He then said he panicked and shook his son for three to four seconds, the Liverpool Echo reported.


Zillah Williams, prosecuting, said Tufan called an ambulance at 1.40am, saying his son was not breathing and had a hair stuck in his throat.

When paramedics got to his house at 1.48am, the baby was blue and appeared lifeless.

He was in cardiac arrest but they managed to resuscitate the baby and took him to Alder Hey Children's Hospital.

The baby was admitted into intensive care but had "an extensive brain injury, blood in his spinal cord and extensive retinal haemorrhages".

Ms Williams said doctors believed the baby's injuries were "most likely due to being shaken with considerable force".

She told the court: "It appeared the defendant was becoming increasingly frustrated and anxious with his partner being out with her friends".

He later texted his girlfriend saying he would sleep downstairs, adding: "I'm expecting a dog's life".

She said she could "never trust anyone again" following the incident.

Janet Ironfield, defending, said Tufan was immature for his age and had no experience of parenting.

She said he had "resentments or antipathy towards [his partner] for staying out at night" but showed "genuine and profound remorse".

Jailing him for two years, Judge Robert Warnock said: "While in sole charge of your son you became jealous at the absence of the mother and treated and handled your son wholly inappropriately so as significantly to injure him.

"The consequences for your son have been appalling.

"He is severely brain damaged. He has and will never have any appreciable quality of life. His life span has been significantly shortened."

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