A WOMAN said she felt “physically sick” after seeing a young mum throw a car seat containing her sleeping baby daughter into the road, a court heard.
Julie Wright, 26, became embroiled in an argument with her mum Glenda in the street outside her South Hetton home on April 21 last year.
Shortly before midnight on the day of the incident, the mum threw the car seat, in which the baby girl was sleeping.
Prosecutor Sarah Traynor told a hearing at Peterlee Magistrates’ Court: “There was an argument that took place between the defendant and her mother.
“The child was still fastened into the car seat.
“There is a statement from a witness saying that she recalls seeing the car seat being thrown between three and five feet and the defendant angry and swearing.
“The defendant denies throwing the car seat some three to five feet.
“She said that her mother said that she dropped the car seat, to which the defendant said ‘that’s more like it’.
“The witness said she felt physically sick at what she had seen but that it didn’t faze the defendant.”
Subsequent checks found that the child had not been injured in the ordeal and was not woken up despite the car seat being thrown.
Graham Hunsley, defending, told magistrates that Wright, of Regent Court in South Hetton, was looking for work and hoping to rebuild her life.
“This case is all on a very narrow issue,” he said.
“It is an extremely upsetting and distressing situation.
“When my client had a previous child, post-natal depression was recorded.
“She has always said that she was passing the car seat to her mother and it dropped.
“The witness indicated that the child seat was being held at waist height.
“There was no harm done to the child and what was significant was that this baby did not wake up.
“She cares for the child and regrets any harm which may have come to her.
“In the context of what was going on at the time it is an incident that is unlikely to be repeated.”
Chairman of the bench, Beryl Swinbank, told Wright, who was found guilty of assault by beating at an earlier hearing, despite pleading innocent: “For this offence you will receive a community order for eight months and the Probation Service will deal with you as they think fit in that time.
“Costs will be £300, plus a victim surcharge of £60.”