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Nathan Rawling accused of 'frenzied, brutal' baby attack

A 36-year-old man subjected a one-month old baby boy to a "frenzied, brutal and persistent assault", a court has heard.

Nathan Rawling, of Gravesend, is accused of inflicting life-threatening injuries, including two punctured lungs and 26 rib fractures, in December 2011 during one "catastrophic assault".

The boy also suffered a cardiac arrest at hospital but has since fully recovered.

Mr Rawling denied grievous bodily harm with intent at Maidstone Crown Court.

The 36-year-old, of St Gregory's Crescent, is accused of carrying out the attack after the baby urinated on him.

'Forcibly squeezed'

The prosecution claim the injuries are consistent with the child being "forcibly squeezed".

The court heard Mr Rawling told police officers the baby stopped breathing and the injuries were caused by his attempts to resuscitate him.

Mr Rawling's wife told the court: "He [the baby] just didn't look right. His head was bigger, the child was quiet, there was nothing coming out of him. He wasn't crying or anything.

"If he [Nathan] had told me I'd have called for an ambulance but he said nothing. He just kept saying it was his cold and I stupidly believed him."

The trial is expected to last for about four weeks.

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