A LOVE rat who has reportedly fathered 11 children with 10 different women has been sentenced for assaulting a former partner and their child.
Keith McDonald, 28, got into an argument with Clare Bryant at her home in Sunderland as she did not want him to come into the house.
But the disagreement turned violent and, in trying to push past her, he grabbed her hair and kneed her in the head.
Once inside, the fight continued and McDonald managed to strike their three-year-old as he flung open a fridge door, Sunderland Magistrates’ Court heard.
Michael Rose, prosecuting, said: “Ms Bryant was at home and Mr McDonald came round to the house as she was getting the children ready.
“She did not want him there and they began to argue at the door. It turned violent as she would not let him in.
“He tried to push past her and he grabbed hold of her hair and kneed her in the head.
“He went away but came back into the house. By then, the children were in the room and an argument started about the fridge.
“He swung the door of the fridge open and the child was struck by the door.”
McDonald, who has appeared on the Jeremy Kyle show, had previously pleaded guilty to two counts of assault at a hearing in July.
Gavin Sword, defending, said: “He claims he was trying to leave the house. He says both parties wanted to go out and not look after the child.
“But he accepts causing the injuries.”
McDonald was sentenced to 20 weeks in custody, suspended for 24 months, and a two-year community order.
He was also ordered to pay £85 costs, £100 compensation and a £80 victim surcharge.