Judge says father who tossed nine-month-old son across room suffered ‘temporary error’

James Endean, 22, from Truro, Cornwall, threw his nine-month-old son across the room and pushed his partner after he demanded that she stay home from work to look after the child

James Endean and his nine month old son
James Endean and his nine month old son

A father pushed his partner after throwing their nine-month-old son across the room.

James Endean, from Truro, Cornwall, had previously spent time in detention for assaulting his former partner.

The judge described his baby’s being thrown across the room as a “temporary lack” of regard for the child’s safety. CornwallLive reports .

On September 23 last year, the 22-year-old got into an argument with his partner, in which he accused her of not doing enough for their nine-month-old son.

He began yelling, kicking and hitting, and even after he made his way to the cigarette, the argument continued.

Endean told his partner she couldn’t go to work that day and had to stay and take care of the child.

Truro Crown Court



His irritable behavior continued and he kicked a TV and TV stand in front of their crying baby, the court heard.

Michael Brown, prosecutor, said his partner tried to defuse the situation and offered to look after their son.

Then Endean picked up her child and threw it across the room.

Mr Brown said: “The defendant picked up his son and threw him two meters at her. Luckily she was able to catch him so he didn’t fall to the ground.”

Endean, who had previously attacked the same woman, then pushed his partner back as she was holding the child, causing her to stumble.

Neighbors eventually called 999 and the police arrived.

Endean’s behavior was described as a “brief but willful disregard for his son’s well-being”.

Representing Endean, Katie Churcher said: “He totally lost his temper and all judgment. He deeply regrets it, but has changed his life, his situation and his attitude.”

She added that Endean welcomes the restraining order and doesn’t want any contact with his ex.

He had sought help for his mental health and quit smoking cannabis, moved in with his grandparents and worked full-time at a fast food restaurant, Miss Churcher added.

In sentencing Endean, Judge Anna Richardson spoke about how the whole incident took place in front of a child, saying: “When you throw up a small baby you run a high risk of causing serious harm. It was a willful disregard for the child’s best interests, but a temporary mistake.

“You have already suffered the consequences of your actions and lost the care of your children. You begin to mature and understand that you need to change your lifestyle and attitude.

“You suffered your own childhood trauma and I believe you can be worked with to ensure you stop offending in this way.

“Now that this special relationship is over, your risk can be managed in the community. You’ve found a full-time job and are doing well at it. I will not interfere with these stabilizing factors.”

Endean was sentenced to 10 months in prison, suspended for two years. He needs to complete a better relationship building program and a rehabilitation activity.

A restraining order has been issued and he must pay his former partner £450 in compensation.

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