'Daddy did it': Boy left with bruising after blow to head

A SINGLE dad raising three children got mad and belted one child in the head after he scribbled on a bedroom wall.

The Ipswich dad had been drinking when he lost his temper.

The 44-year-old pleaded guilty in Ipswich Magistrates Court to assault causing bodily harm on September 23.

The victim was his child aged 4.

Prosecutor Sergeant Paul Caldwell said the children were now in the care of the Department of Child Safety.

From evidence given by two children, their dad had struck the boy on his head.

After dirt was cleaned off the child's face, a bruise was seen on the right side of his chin, the boy saying "daddy did it".

Sgt Caldwell said the child refused to say more.

When interviewed, the dad said he had been sitting on a couch colouring-in with two children watching.

He saw his son come into the room with ink on his leg and realised he had been drawing on walls.

The dad said he grabbed the boy and jabbed him in his arm then stopped himself, saying "daddy feels like f---ing killing you".

He phoned his partner, telling her he had four to six beers.

The mother said the dad told her he choked the boy three times.

"I could have killed him. I would have been waking up in a jail cell in the morning," he told her.

Sgt Caldwell said the assault charge related only to the bruise found on the boy's chin.

The dad had no history of violence. Defence lawyer Kelsea Read said the dad was doing a 17-week Caring for Dad's program.

The mother of the children is in jail. The children had unexpectedly come into the dad's care in March and had been in an extremely poor way.

In their time with him he had tried to teach them good behaviour and manners.

Ms Read said the dad was also struggling with his alcohol use.

Magistrate Virginia Sturgess said the behaviour of children could be confronting, but parents had to exercise control.

She acknowledged the dad had taken steps by beginning the program. The dad was sentenced to 18 months of supervised probation, on the condition he complete the program.



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