A WEST Yorkshire man who left a two-week-old baby with "severe injuries" is due to be sentenced after he admitted deliberately shaking and gripping the youngster.
Matthew Masterman, of Dodgeholme Court, Mixenden, near Halifax, pleaded guilty last year at Bradford Crown Court to grievous bodily harm with intent.
David Hill, prosecuting, told the court the baby boy suffered fractures to his collarbone, ribs and knee caused by "gripping" and "inappropriate handling" and haemorrhages caused by shaking.
He said: "He suffered life-threatening, non-accidental injuries which involved the application of considerable force."
The baby, who cannot be named for legal reasons, began having fits and screaming later that night, but an ambulance was not called for around three hours.
At the hearing last year, a second defendant, 21-year-old Kimberley Doherty, was sentenced to a two-year community order with a supervision requirement after she admitted child cruelty by neglect.
Mr Hill said Doherty was not responsible for inflicting the injuries but said: "She would have been alerted to the fact (the baby) needed medical help and did nothing about it."
Judge Peter Benson, who described the case as "troubling", will sentence Masterman at Bradford Crown Court.