Dad who squeezed newborn baby so hard its ribs broke blamed ‘boisterous’ sibling

A dad who squeezed his newborn son so hard he broke his ribs has been named for the first time as reporting restrictions were lifted.

Michael Hill, 33, was jailed after physically abusing his baby son and twisting his leg until it broke.

Horrifying injuries inflicted on the young baby also include fracturing his ribs and dropping him on his head.

Hill, from Coatham, North Yorkshire can now be named since a judge agreed to lifting the restrictions.

He initially lied to doctors and blamed his son’s injuries on his “boisterous” older sibling while he claimed he was in the shower.

His identity can now be revealed after a judge agreed to lift reporting restrictions at Teesside Crown Court where he was jailed for 30 months in August.

Hill’s innocent six-week-old son was left with a fractured skull which doctors said was caused by “significant force.”

Doctors also discovered the baby’s rib and leg injuries which they estimated he suffered up to three weeks prior to his shocking head injury.

The little boy suffered all injuries just weeks after his birth.

Hill eventually admitted to the rib and leg injuries and said he had been “overwhelmed” by his son’s crying and lost control of his temper.

He pleaded guilty to three offences of inflicting grievous bodily harm on his son and was jailed for 30 months on August 14.

Judge Ashurst said: “The fact that there were three separate injuries which you caused on three separate occasions makes this a serious case.

“It may be that mother and grandmother will take the view that no sentence will be long enough to reflect what you did.

“What you did has had a profound effect on your partner and her family.

“What makes this case even more serious is when he was taken to hospital, you were not initially frank with the medical staff as to what had happened.”

Specialist officers from Cleveland Police’s Child Abuse and Vulnerable Adult Unit worked with the local authority after social services staff highlighted the case to police.

Speaking after the sentence, DS Nicky Barker said: “This is one of the most distressing cases I have investigated during my policing career and it had a profound effect on all the agencies involved.”