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Wakefield: Man who shook baby causing ‘catastrophic injuries’ jailed

It can now be revealed that Joshua Moody was jailed for three years in May (Picture: SWNS)

A man who refused to admit shaking a newborn baby boy so violently he suffered permanent brain damage has finally been jailed.  

Joshua Moody, 25, subjected the seven-week-old to ‘life-threatening child abuse’.

But Moody repeatedly protested his innocence and denied causing ‘catastrophic injuries’. 

His persistent denials led to other members of the boy’s family being arrested, including his mum, who described the ordeal as a four-year ‘nightmare journey’.  

It can only be reported now that Moody was was jailed for three years in May for two counts of causing grevious bodily harm without intent, after a court order was lifted.  

He could have saved the boy’s family years of anguish if he had ‘had the guts’ to own up to his crimes, said Judge Penelope Belcher.  

The sickening abuse has left the baby needing round-the-clock care for the rest of his life, Leeds Crown Court heard.  

Emergency services were called to a property in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, in the summer of 2017 after the boy was reported unresponsive.  

He had suffered a cardiac arrest and was rushed to hospital before being transferred to the paediatric intensive care unit at Leeds General Infirmary.  

Medics discovered the boy had endured multiple injuries including bleeding behind both eyes and on his spine.  

He also had numerous broken ribs and a fractured shin, the court heard.  

The only credible explanation was ‘life-threatening abuse’, experts concluded.  

Moody was jailed at Leeds Crown Court in May (Picture: Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

Prosecutor Craig Hassall said many of the injuries were caused prior to the baby’s cardiac arrest and were consistent with being shaken violently.  

The family were told to prepare for the worst but the boy, who cannot be identified, eventually began to breathe on his own.  

However, he has been left with severe disabilities including being unable to move or speak and suffering impaired hearing and vision. He also has epilepsy and cerebral palsy.  

Moody, of Wakefield, claimed the injuries were caused by ‘rough handling’ and a ‘flash loss of temper’.  

He was charged with GBH with intent and was due to stand trial, but earlier this year admitted to GBH without intent.  

The boy’s mother and grandmother were both arrested as Moody continued to protest his innocence.  

The mum, who cannot be identified, told the court: ‘As a family we were all under suspicion. Josh maintained his innocence throughout. 

‘By maintaining his innocence, he was inferring I had to be responsible for what had happened. 

‘The fact is Josh could have prevented this by admitting his responsibility on any number of occasions.  

‘The actions of Josh are terrible and inexcusable.’ 

Mitigating, Christopher Dunn described Moody as a ‘painfully inadequate man’. 

‘He is absolutely heartbroken that he could do this. That may not resonate with the family, but he has to live with this for the rest of his life.’  

Sentencing him on May 17, Judge Belcher said: ‘The injuries are such that he will be impacted for the rest of his life. 

‘You did this and knew you had done it and you could have saved an awful lot of people a great deal of additional suffering. 

‘I accept that you did not set out to cause these terrible, terrible injuries, but these matters could have been explored much sooner if you had the guts to admit what you had done.’  

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