A man was sentenced to five years and two months prison, with a non-parole period of three years for not seeking treatment for his newborn son, who died from head injuries. The seven-week-old boy died at a Newcastle hospital on May 6, 2006 having suffered a fractured skull.
On May 4, the mother was alone at home with her two children (including the baby boy and her 1 year old sister) and the baby boy was crying in his cot. She picked him up and then threw him back into the bassinet. He kept crying. She then pushed the bassinet with both hands, causing it to move across the floor and fall over. She then checked the baby boy and found that he was badly hurt. When the father returned home he suggested that medical attention be sought, but the couple argued and the child was left in his cot overnight.
The next day the boy's body was limp and his eyes were rolling back in their sockets. He stopped breathing as the couple drove him to hospital and died a day later. An autopsy found the boy died from a fractured skull and he had a number of other injuries including a broken wrist and ribs and cuts and bruises, which then suspected that the child had suffered a period of child abuse. According to the judge, life of the child could be prolonged if he had received a medical treatment at earlier time.
At last, the mother was sentenced to at least two years and six months' prison while the father was sentenced to five years and two months prison, with a non-parole period of three years. The couple's daughter, now aged five, is in foster care.