This baby was only 27 weeks old…when his Father noticed he had a rash on his bum and decided he’d do something STUPID! It’s idiots like this that have no right being in charge of LIVES!
A father who put ‘Hot Diggidy Dog Hot Original Pepper Sauce’ on his newborn baby son’s bottom to try to relieve his constipation – inflicting severe burns – has been jailed for three years.
The chemical injuries caused by the £1.99 chilli sauce were so bad that doctors had to perform a colostomy and reconstructive surgery to repair the damage to the 27-day-old child.
And a forensic burns consultant and plastic surgeon told Salisbury Crown Court in Wiltshire that he had never seen anything like the injury in more than 3,000 burns cases.
The baby’s 25-year-old father, who cannot be named to protect the child’s identity, has now been jailed after a judge branded his shocking behaviour ‘fantastically irresponsible’.
The court heard the father failed to seek medical help and denied a charge of child cruelty for two years – before finally admitting what he had done during family court proceedings.
Police initially investigated after a nursing assistant noticed the wound and reported it when the boy was taken to hospital for a routine check-up five days after the sauce was applied.
He was arrested and as officers searched his home in near Salisbury they found a soiled nappy and a syringe containing capsaicin, the active ingredient in chilli peppers, in a bin.
It is highly irritant to humans and can cause a ‘significant blistering burn’ if left in contact with the skin for any length of time, the court heard.
The boy was taken into care while the father, who hid his face outside court, was ‘evasive and dishonest’ in early police interviews.
The defendant told police he used the syringe to put hot sauce on food before finally coming clean and admitting he applied it to his son’s bottom with his finger.
I’m not a violent person, but in this moment I really want to punch this guy… with a bowling ball.