Police have arrested a 63-year-old man in Greater Manchester, UK, after he punched a baby in the face at a Tesco supermarket. The man claims he mistook the baby for a toy doll.
Five-day-old Elsie Duckers was in her pushchair when the man suddenly hit Elsie in the head, causing the infant burst into tears. He then claimed he thought the baby was not real and was a toy. The infant was treated in a Manchester hospital for seven hours after the attack.
Elsie’s mother Amy Duckers, 27, has spoken out about Monday’s incident which occurred while shopping with her baby, seven year old daughter, and husband.
“The punch was that hard you could heard the connection as this man hit Elsie,” said Mrs Duckers.”I just can’t believe it – especially as it was on a five day old baby. It was the first time I’d taken Elsie out since she was born. Now I’m just too frightened to take her out again.”
“My seven year-old was there and saw everything, and she was just screaming. She thought he’d killed the baby. I don’t want anyone to touch Elsie ever again. I literally can’t get my head around why someone would do this.”
“He left her with a huge red mark and we at first were just stunned,” Mrs Duckers said. “He then began denying anything had happened, despite the crying children and visible imprint on Elsie’s face and I just went hysterical, asking what he just did, why he hurt my baby.
“He was trying to deny it at first, saying he hadn’t done anything, but when he saw the mark he just switched. He started being really apologetic, and saying he thought Elsie was just a doll.”
“I just wanted to get my baby checked, and get both my kids away from this evil man, so I left. The staff at Tesco were brilliant and immediately came to help. While I called an ambulance, they called the police to deal with the man.”
Elsie was rushed to the Hospital, and is currently recovering from the incident with no serious damage.
Greater Manchester Police said: “A man has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting a baby. Police were called shortly before 6.45pm to a supermarket on Altrincham Road in Baguley on Monday to reports of a child having been hit.”
“The baby girl was taken to hospital as a precaution and has since been discharged. A 63-year-old was arrested on suspicion of assault and is currently in custody being questioned by officers.”
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