Jail warning for Hartlepool baby attacker

Teesside Crown Court
Teesside Crown Court

A TOWN man has been warned to expect jail after he admitted a serious assault on a baby.

Edward Keenan, 28, pleaded guilty at Teesside Crown Court on Tuesday to inflicting grievous bodily harm against Lola Atkinson, on September 21, 2012.

He had been due to stand trial for allowing a child to come to harm but prosecutors accepted his guilty plea to the alternative charge.

Andrea Atkinson, 35, of Marine Drive, was also charged with allowing a child to come to harm but the prosecution will drop the case against her.

Keenan, of Catcote Road, Hartlepool, will be sentenced on Monday, August 18.

Judge Simon Bourne-Arton QC said: “The fact I’m adjourning for a pre-sentence report shouldn’t lead you to believe anything other than custody is inevitable in your case.”