A Scottish man was sentenced for seven years of jail for misconduct with a 13-month-old baby girl. His offenses included putting the toddler in a clothes dryer and assaulting her. The child suffered significant skull injuries for these events. The accused defense lawyer has claimed mental health reasons for his reckless behavior.
Twenty-five years old Thomas Dunn hails from Hamilton in South Lanarkshire. He had been babysitting the 13 months old victim at her house in Arbroath, Scotland in December 2017. Dunn had put the toddler in a clothes dryer machine. As the dryer rotated, the toddler got severe skull fractures. On January 8, 2018, Dunn had assaulted the toddler on the head and body with heavy objects. He had severely injured the victim by striking her head on heavy objects and biting her. Dunn was taken in custody by Dundee Sheriff Alistair Brown. The bite-marks on the child’s body had proved Dunn’s guilt.
Dunn was found guilty of reckless conduct and culpable murder by Dundee Sheriff Court. He was also convicted of causing severe injuries to a child. The Sheriff of Dundee Court could impose a sentence of five years only. But when that did not seem enough, the case was transferred to the Edinburgh High Court. In the Court on being questioned, Dunn said that he did not push the toddler inside the machine. Dunn told Judge Lord Brodie that the victim had already been climbing inside the machine and the simple ‘assisted’ her. He also claimed that he had not fully closed the dryer machine. When the prosecutor, Nicola Gillespie questioned Dunn on his ‘assistance’ he replied that it was a bad judgment call. In his defense, advocate Niall McCluskey claimed that Dunn suffered from mental health issues and depression.
The High Court heard about the events from December 2017 to January 2018. Thomas Dunn was prosecuted and dealt a seven years imprisonment in June 2019. He will be supervised for three years after release from prison. The defense attorney said that Dunn understood the implications of his actions. He understood that imprisonment could not be avoided. It can be hoped that this case serves as a lesson for parents putting their children into untrained care in their absence.