Babysitter John Ward jailed for eight years for burning six-month-old girl in hot bath
A BABYSITTER who pushed a four-month-old girl's face into a hot bath leaving her badly burned has been jailed.
John Ward had joined his girlfriend Kelly Horner in taking a cocktail of drugs and alcohol before he carried out the attack.
The baby's lips were the only part of her face spared injury because of the dummy in her mouth.
Doctors later matched bite marks on the tot's body with Ward's dental records.
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Ward and Horner waited five hours before taking the child to hospital, leaving her in agony, Hull Crown Court was told yesterday.
He pleaded guilty to grievous bodily harm with intent, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and child cruelty.
Judge Jeremy Richardson QC told him he will never look after children again.
Jailing Ward for eight-and-a- half years, Judge Richardson QC told him: "Having consumed a cocktail of drugs and alcohol you ran a very hot bath and it appears you placed the head of a four-month-old baby into that water.
"She was badly burned. The terror that infant must have experienced is incalculable. I do not doubt she was in agony by reason of her head being submerged in hot water.
"She must have struggled and you did nothing. You were aware of what had happened and you took no action for five hours to alleviate the suffering of a helpless infant.
"Five per cent of her total body surface was burnt. I have seen images of the suffering of that infant due to the facial burns, which leap from the page.
"She is so young and could not explain her suffering.
"What you did was thoroughly wicked. You should never have any responsibility for any child in the future. The drug and alcohol backdrop to this case is truly appalling."
After the attack, Ward, 19, of Willerby, woke his girlfriend Horner, of Beverley, who had also been drinking and smoking cannabis, to tell her the baby was injured.
But the pair decided to delay taking her to hospital, from where she was immediately transferred to a specialist burns unit.
The court heard Ward and Horner lied to doctors, concocting a story that a cup of tea had been spilt on the child.
Doctors also discovered bite marks on the baby's arms and fractures to her legs.
Her injuries prompted concerned hospital staff to call police and social services.
Forensic dental tests revealed the teeth marks came from Ward.
Horner pleaded guilty to child neglect in relation to her failing to take the baby to hospital and for lying to doctors.
She will be sentenced next month when a report has been prepared on her by the Probation Service.
The court heard the baby has made a "miraculous" recovery.
It is hoped she will not be scarred for life.