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Sickening smile of mother, 23, who left her baby son brain damaged

A mother who beat her baby son until his brain was damaged smiled leaving court after being convicted for her brutality.

Elizabeth Wilkins, 23, fractured her child’s ribs and skull, leaving him with blood shot eyes and was convicted of ABH and GBH yesterday.

Wilkins, a law student who also worked as an escort, smiled as she left Plymouth Crown Court despite facing a jail term when she is sentenced in November.

Her brazen attitude also emerged as her son fought for his life in hospital in September 2016, calmly telling nurses she was a fan of TV shows Holby City and 24 Hours in A&E as they treated the boy’s injuries.

Smiling Elizabeth Wilkins pictured leaving court after being convicted of beating her own baby until his eyes became bloodshot

During the three week trial, prosecutors said the baby suffered broken ribs and a fractured skull during the first three months of his life two years ago.

The court also heard Wilkins, who was a law student at Plymouth University at the time, admitted working as an escort in recent months in a bid to pay for therapy she was told she needed to win custody of their son.

Elizabeth Wilkins, 23, arriving at Plymouth Crown Court in Devon today, where was found guilty of attacking her baby son

Elizabeth Wilkins, 23, arriving at Plymouth Crown Court in Devon today, where was found guilty of attacking her baby son

And the trial also heard from medical staff who were shocked at how little emotion she showed while her son was fighting for his life – telling them she was a fan of Holby City and had seen it on television.

Wilkins, of Plymouth, Devon, was found guilty by a jury today (Thursday) of one count of assaulting the baby with intent to cause grievous bodily harm on September 22, 2016.

She was also found guilty assaulting the baby causing actual bodily harm between August 31 and September 3. This charge relates to the bloodshot eyes.

During the trial prosecutors dropped assault charges against the boy’s father, 30-year-old student Erick Vanselow.

He was found not guilty of allowing the child to suffer serious physical harm.

Wilkins had denied shaking and striking her baby’s head against a hard surface in August and September 2016 in their old maisonette in Plymouth, Devon.

The baby’s injuries were only discovered on his third visit to Derriford Hospital in September 2016 and he is expected to have developmental problems as he grows up.

Wilkins and Vanselow made a series of allegations against one another during the three-week trial.

The court heard Wilkins had been working as an escort in recent months in a bid to pay for therapy she was told she needed to win custody of her son

The court heard Wilkins had been working as an escort in recent months in a bid to pay for therapy she was told she needed to win custody of her son

The court heard Wilkins had been working as an escort in recent months in a bid to pay for therapy she was told she needed to win custody of her son

Prosecutors dropped assault charges against the boy's father, 30-year-old student Erick Vanselow (pictured)

Prosecutors dropped assault charges against the boy’s father, 30-year-old student Erick Vanselow (pictured)

She continually pointed the finger at Vanselow but the jury rejected her version of events and ruled she struck the boy in rage and frustration when he was three months old on September 22.

Prosecutors said that she had also fractured his ribs, causing bloodshot eyes when he was five weeks old.

During the trial Sister Sophie Brock, the nurse in charge of the section of the A&E department which admitted the boy, said the Wilkins was “very calm” when the ambulance arrived at about 4.30pm.

She added that staff struggled to find a vein to insert an intravenous drip into the child and so had to drill into the bone marrow.

Mrs Brock described the procedure as “distressing to watch”.

She added that it was not fair for a parent to stay and so Wilkins was asked to step outside.

Mrs Brock said: “Her reply was that she watched Holby and 24 Hours in A&E, which was a little bit of a strange thing to say.”

Judge Peter Johnson adjourned the case for sentencing on November 9. 

 

 causing bloodshot eyes, and fractured his skull during the first three months of his life.

 

 

 as she was convicted

 

 

has been found guilty of repeatedly attacking her baby son – leaving him with brain damage.

Elizabeth Wilkins, 23, 

 

fractured the tot’s ribs, causing bloodshot eyes, and fractured his skull during the first three months of his life.

 

Hospital staff were shocked at how little emotion Wilkins – who was a law student at Plymouth University at the time – had shown while her child fought to stay alive.

She stunned nurses by saying she was a fan of BBC medical drama Holby City so didn’t mind watching staff drill into her son’s bone marrow to insert a drip.

Sister Sophie Brock, the nurse in charge of the section of the A&E department which admitted the boy, said Wilkins was asked to leave during the ‘distressing’ procedure.

‘Her reply was that she watched Holby and 24 Hours in A&E, which was a little bit of a strange thing to say,’ she said.

After a three-week trial at Plymouth Crown Court, Wilkins was found guilty of one count of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm on September 22, 2016.

She was also found guilty of assaulting the baby causing actual bodily harm between August 31 and September 3. 

The court heard she had been working as an escort in recent months in a bid to pay for therapy she was told she needed to win custody of her son.

During the trial, prosecutors dropped assault charges against the boy’s father, 30-year-old student Erick Vanselow.

He was found not guilty of allowing the child to suffer serious physical harm.

Wilkins had denied shaking and striking her baby’s head against a hard surface in August and September 2016 in their old maisonette in Plymouth, Devon.

The baby’s injuries were only discovered on his third visit to Derriford Hospital in September 2016.

He is expected to have developmental problems as he grows up.

Wilkins will be sentenced on November 9.

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