Mum slapped baby four times in front of shoppers

Crime story
Crime story

THE tragic plight of a young mum who attacked her child was revealed in court.

Marta Morova was seen by shocked passers-by to repeatedly slap her baby son across the face and then drop him onto the pavement, a court heard .

Fortunately the seven-month-old infant did not suffer any serious injuries in the incident but police were called to the scene and his mother, Morova, was arrested and charged with child cruelty.

The 20-year-old Slovak admitted the charges and was due for sentence. But Liverpool Crown Court heard that she has learning difficulties and has nowhere to live and so the judge had no option but to further remanded her in custody until May 1 for more inquiries to be made.

The court heard that on the morning of March 11 this year Morova was seen carrying the crying baby, Kamil Morova in Bradshawgate, Leigh, and she slapped him twice across the left cheek with her open palm.

Harry Pepper, prosecuting, said: “She took a few steps and then slapped him forcefully two more times which increased his crying.

“The baby was then seen to fall to the floor and she was seen to pick him up.”

Witnesses alerted the police and she was detained and the infant was taken to hospital where he underwent CT and MRI scans. He had suffered reddening to the face but no serious injury, said Mr Pepper.

When Morova, of Gordon Street, Leigh, who does not speak English, was quizzed with the aid of an interpreter, she said: “He fell from my grip because I only had hold of him with my left arm and he was wriggling and I lost my grip.”

Rebecca Smith, defending, said that Morova came to this country last October with her son. She had spent her life in care in her homeland and wants to return to those carers with her son.

She had lost her temper and knew that her behaviour had been wrong and she regretted it, said Miss Smith. “She clearly needs guidance and help,” she added.