Sunday, October 4, 2015

Dad who killed newborn daughter two years ago now convicted of attempted murder of infant boy (Glasgow, Scotland)

Dad is identified as IAN RUDDOCK.

Glasgow dad who killed baby faces jail
A TWISTED father who shook his newborn daughter to death two years ago and later tried to murder another infant is behind bars.

By David Scott
PUBLISHED: 00:01, Fri, Oct 2, 2015

Ian Ruddock killed his five-week old daughter, Olivia, at their family home

Ian Ruddock killed five-week-old Olivia at the family home and two years later attacked the second child.

He was convicted of culpable homicide and attempted murder.

The High Court in Edinburgh heard how the 34-year-old evaded justice and the baby’s fate was only discovered after doctors treating his second victim tipped off police.

The court heard Ruddock left the boy with a fractured skull and ribs – similar to injuries suffered by Olivia. Ruddock, of Shawlands in Glasgow, told the court: “I was trying to get her to wake up. I can just remember holding her and trying to get her to wake up. I don’t remember very much at all. I do not remember much for the next few weeks.”

Asked whether he believed he had harmed his daughter, the father-of-three replied: “I don’t believe for a minute that I’ve caused her death. It’s not even remotely possible.”

Two years after Olivia was killed at a house in Williamwood, East Renfrewshire, Ruddock targeted another child in Glasgow.

He seized the boy – who can’t be identified for legal reasons – inflicting blunt force trauma to his head and body.

Police launched their investigation after hospital staff treated the boy, detectives discovering what happened to Olivia when checking Ruddock’s past.

Consultant radiologist Greg Irwin, who worked at Glasgow’s Yorkhill Children’s Hospital, told the court there was “incontrovertible” evidence Olivia sustained three fractured ribs before her death.

At the time, doctors concluded she had died from bronchial pneumonia.

Mr Irwin said it was a “regular occurrence” for medical staff to misdiagnose fractures.

Ruddock’s wife, Wendy, 37, told the court she “never believed” her husband had done anything wrong after Olivia’s death in March 2011.

Last night, Detective Chief Inspector Maxine Martin said: “It is difficult to understand how anyone could harm a defenceless child, let alone her father, who should have been there to protect her. This was a particularly difficult case due to the passage of time, the ages of the children and complexity of the medical evidence.”

Sentence on Ruddock was deferred and he was remanded in custody.