Mother appears in court on baby-assault charge
A mother has appeared in court accused of ill-treating her baby son.
Sheldon, aged 22, faced Plymouth magistrates charged with assaulting,
ill-treating, neglecting or exposing Ethan Sheldon to unnecessary
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Sheldon, of Sefton Avenue, Mount Gould, indicated 'no plea' to the allegation between May and October last year.
Gareth Warden, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said that the boy, now aged about 14 months, had sustained serious injuries.
Magistrates ruled that the case was so serious it would have to be heard at Plymouth Crown Court.
spoke only to confirm her personal details and indicate her plea. She
was released on unconditional bail to appear before magistrates again on
June 6 while papers are prepared.
Her husband, 30-year-old
Christopher Sheldon, has already appeared before magistrates charged
with assaulting Ethan causing grievous bodily harm with intent over the
Sheldon, of Mount Batten Way, Plymstock, is also charged with ill-treating or neglecting the boy.
He indicated 'no plea' to the offences and is also due to appear at Plymouth Crown Court at a date to be fixed.
It is understood that baby Ethan allegedly suffered multiple broken bones.