Dad attacked partner and threw their nine-month-old baby in rage
A violent bully that likes to hit women lost his rag, attacked the mother of his children and threw his baby son two metres across the room has avoided a prison sentence
James Endean, 22, had previously spent time in custody for domestic violence after he attacked his former partner but as of last year had failed to change his ways.
Endean, of Truro, appeared at Truro Crown Court for sentence having pleaded guilty to criminal damage, assault and cruelty to a child.
Prosecuting the case, Michael Brown described how Endean and his then partner had been in a relationship for four years and had a nine-month-old son at the time.
On September 23 of last year at 8:30am Endean woke up in a mood and an argument started about childcare for the child, with Endean accusing his partner of not prioritising their baby.
A period of petulant behaviour followed in which Endean shouted, punched and kicked items.
After going out for a cigarette he returned.
Endean’s partner was in the living room with their son and they again started arguing over plans for the day.
Endean shouted, swore once more and told his partner that she couldn’t go to work that day as she had to stay and look after the child.
In response Endean kicked a TV and TV stand in front of the crying baby.
Mr Brown said: “She attempted to diffuse matters and offered to take care of her son. The defendant picked up their son and threw him two metres across the room. Fortunately the mother was able to catch him to stop him from hitting the ground.”
Endean, who has attacked the same woman before, then proceeded to push his partner in the back as she held the child causing her to stumble. Eventually neighbours called 999 and police arrived.
Endean’s behaviour in court was described as “a brief but deliberate disregard for the welfare of his son”.
Sentencing Endean, Judge Anna Richardson spoke of how the whole incident took place in front of a child and said: “If you throw a small baby you run a high risk of causing serious damage. It was a deliberate disregard for the child’s welfare but was a momentary lapse.
“You have already suffered the consequences of your actions and lost the care of your children. You are beginning to mature and understand you need to change your lifestyle and attitude.
Endean was given a 10-month prison sentence, suspended for two years. He must complete a building better relationships programme and rehabilitation activity requirement.
A restraining order was put in place and he must pay his former partner £450 in compensation.