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Fenland man jailed for punching toddler

Deividas Subacius

2:55pm 12th February 2018
(Updated 2:55pm 12th February 2018)

A Fenland man who punched a toddler in the face to blackmail her grandparents has been jailed.

Deividas Subacius from March was sentenced to 17 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to actual bodily harm, grievous bodily harm and blackmail.

The court heard how the 29-year-old from Badgeney Road filmed himself as he attacked the 18-month-old girl in September.

He then sent the footage to her grandparents in a text demanding they pay £130 or he would keep hurting the child.

But the grandparents called the police right away and Subacius was arrested.

Subacius attacked the girl in Fenland

[Cambridgeshire Police found the texts blackmailing the family on his phone]

Officers found the girl had eight healed fractures on the child including to her femur, wrist, collar bone and ribs.

Detective Constable Clemie Yaxley said:

"This is the worst case of physical abuse in a child that I have had to deal with in my entire career.

"Had it not been for the grandparents acting in a protective manner the outcome would have been very different.

"I'm happy to say that the child is now being well cared for and has no significant lasting injuries as a result of this incident."

Subacius received two years for actual bodily harm, two years for blackmail and nine years for grievous bodily harm.

Judge Gareth Hawkesworth also extended his sentence by a further four years because of the seriousness of the crimes.

An NSPCC spokesperson for the East of England said:

“This is a shocking case in which Subacius inflicted sickening violence on a defenceless toddler and then attempted to use his young victim’s suffering for monetary gain.

“He is a clear danger to children and it is right that he will now spend a long time behind bars for these appalling crimes.

“Abuse of this kind can cause severe and permanent harm to children and it is fortunate that the quick actions of the victim’s grandparents and the police have helped ensure that this child has been able to recover from the physical damage inflicted.

“Anyone concerned about the welfare of a child should act immediately. The NSPCC helpline is available on 0808 800 5000 for advice and support.”

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