Bicester man handed prison sentence of more than two years for assaulting a baby

Owen Gaskins.

Owen Gaskins.

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A Bicester man has been sentenced to 27 months in prison for assaulting a baby.

Owen Gaskins, 34, of West Street, Bicester. pleaded guilty to one count of GBH at Oxford Crown Court on Friday, July 3 and was sentenced the same day.

On March 21 in 2013, Gaskins was left to look after a 10-month-old baby girl. Within half an hour an ambulance was called and Gaskins reported that the baby had gone ‘stiff then floppy’.

The baby was taken to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford where she was found to have sustained injuries that resulted in brain and eye haemorrhages.

Gaskins was arrested on 23 March 2013 and charged on 29 November 2013.

Speaking following the sentencing investigating officer, detective constable Rebecca McLeod, from the Child Abuse Investigation Unit based at Banbury police station, said: “This is a positive result for the victim, her family and Thames Valley Police Child Abuse Investigation Unit. This sentence reflects the level of injury inflicted upon the baby, who thankfully has made a full recovery.

“We will never know what happened to this infant during the time that she was in Gaskins’ care.

“I hope this sentence enables the victim and her family to put this traumatic event behind them and be able to move on with their lives.”