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Monday 11 December 2017

Mum tells of life of fear with beast who broke baby's arms

A BABY who was beaten so severely that his arms were broken now raises his hands in fear when strangers approach.

The mother of a 23-month-old baby boy who suffered horrific injuries at the hands of Larry Connors (20) says her son will never fully recover.

Connors, of Cronan Lawn, Shannon, Co Clare, was sentenced to three years in jail after he pleaded guilty to cruelty between December 15, 2010 and January 3, 2011. The Director of Public Prosecutions is set to seek a longer jail term.

Speaking from Wales, the 19-year-old mother -- who cannot be identified -- said Connors was not punished enough.

"At least he got something anyway but it is not long enough. If that's all he is going to get I'll just have to deal with it," she said.

She said her son suffers continuous nightmares.

"He is 23-months-old. He is a happy child, but he still wakes up in the middle of the night screaming over what happened.

"When people go to him, he puts his hands up to defend himself. He is scared."

The mother met Connors in August 2010 before she moved in with him that December in Co Clare. The assaults on her child began immediately.

"He would punch, slap or kick him. I think he (Connors) was jealous really as I was paying more attention to him than Larry. When I used to put the child in the baby chair to feed him, he would go over and put his foot in between his legs and push back and tighten the straps so he couldn't breathe."

The young mother said she was frightened during the month-long ordeal, but had no means to raise the alarm.

"I couldn't contact Mum because I wasn't allowed near the phone and he wouldn't let me out of the house. He had the phone, the money and the keys to the door -- he'd always lock it. We were prisoners."

On January 3 last year, she walked into the bedroom to see her 10-month-old son slipping in and out of consciousness.

He was brought to hospital with two broken forearms, a dislocated right elbow, a significant brain bleed, a bite mark to his right cheek, a burn mark from an iron to his calf and multiple bruising.

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