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Nathan Rawling sentenced to 10 years for baby attack

PUBLISHED: 16:11 04 February 2013 | UPDATED: 16:56 04 February 2013

Nathan Rawling

Nathan Rawling

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A man has been jailed for 10 years after violently attacking a one-month-old baby.

Nathan Rawling, 36, formerly of St Gregory’s Crescent, Gravesend, caused 26 rib fractures, a fractured arm, fractured collar bones and a ‘particularly shocking injury’ to the baby’s penis.

The 31-day-old baby, who cannot be identified and has since fully recovered, had to be resuscitated when he was taken to Darent Valley Hospital on December 1, 2011.

Initially Rawling said the fractures were a result of him performing CPR on the baby when the baby’s lips turned blue.

But medical experts told the court the baby’s condition could not have been caused in this way and was a result of a severe compressive force.

He was found guilty today (4) after a three-week trial at Maidstone Crown Court.

Det Ch Insp Andrew Pritchard said: “This was an extremely serious assault on an innocent baby. In my service I have not seen such extensive injuries on such a young child.

“It was a case that shocked the public and caused considerable community tension in Gravesend. Rawling is a bully who took out his anger in the most cowardly way possible when he assaulted this baby. I cannot overestimate the devastating impact this assault has had on the community.”

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