Father viciously attacked newborn son, nearly killed him

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In the eyes of children, their father is not human. He is a hero.

But John Davis is neither. He is a monster.

The 30-year-old man viciously attacked his three-week-old baby one morning, nearly killing the helpless child.

The newborn stopped breathing twice on the way to hospital and had severe head injuries, five broken ribs, bleeding to his brain and a broken collarbone, reported Kent Online. His skull had to be reconstructed and he now has cerebral palsy.

Binge drinking

The vicious attack took place on March 12 last year in Davis' home in Herne Bay, Kent.

The night before, Davis, the baby's mother who was not named in court, and two friends had been drinking to celebrate the birth of the child. The baby's mother only drank a little, while the trio drank close to three bottles of vodka. 

The next morning, the mother woke up to give the baby his feed, but Davis volunteered to carry out the task.

Davis, who was convicted of child cruelty in 2012 for dangling a child from a balcony, then took the baby downstairs and battered him.

Victim for life

Davis initially did not take responsibility for the act. Suspicion was cast on the baby's mother and she was arrested and banned from seeing her child till he was eight months old, Mail Online reported.

Davis later confessed. He told police he had dropped the baby by accident, but later changed his story saying he had a blackout and did not know how the baby got injured.

Kent Online reported on Thursday that Davis was jailed for eight years for the brutal attack.

The baby's mother said: "In a period of time Davis will be released and he will go back to his life."

"But my baby will be a victim of what he did, not just for a few years, but for the rest of his life."

Source: Kent Online, Mail Online