A man who attacked a baby in a grocery store in Baguley, Manchester is somehow walking free after an incomprehensible defense strangely succeeded. The assailant, David Hardy, claimed that he mistook the infant for a doll. He was only fined £900 and ordered to pay £100 compensation to his victim.
"It looked like a doll to me. I made a dreadful mistake. It is ridiculous but it is what happened," said Hardy, who approached the baby in the store, struck it, and then immediately denied the situation had ever actually ocurred.
According to The Daily Mail, the mother claimed "there was a loud 'slap' noise when 'he came rushing up and punched her in the face.'"
"I said 'you have hit my baby' and he said 'no I didn't,'" claimed the mother.
The child's parents are obviously horrified by both the incident and the ridiculously light punishment. The family yelled that the situation was a "f*cking joke" outside of the court. "That sentence is disgusting," yelled a family member. "You punched a baby in the face. How do you sleep at night?"
The baby is in stable condition after spending seven hours in the hospital, emerging with only a "mark on her head the size of an egg."
The magistate in charge of the case had this to say to the defendant: "I find your explanation implausible. It was clear it was a baby and not a doll ... It was strange and concerning behaviour and impossible to explain. Elsie was a vulnerable five day old baby. I accept that this was a exceptional case. I also accept that it was spontaneous, it lacked any premeditation and I do believe it was completely out of character. The impact it had on Elsie's mother was clear."
It's unclear if the parents of the baby have any recourse to appeal the decision.