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Man 'tried to murder baby by fracturing her skull'

William Robertson allegedly attacked the nine-month-old in Clydebank last year.

Clydebank: Baby now attends nursery.
Clydebank: Baby now attends nursery.

A man has been accused of trying to murder a nine-month-old baby by fracturing her skull.

William Robertson, 21, allegedly struck her on her head repeatedly or repeatedly threw her at his home in Jean Armour Drive in Clydebank, West Dunbartonshire.

The baby is said to have suffered a fractured skull but made a full recovery and now aged two attends nursery on September 9, 2017.

The 19-year-old mother of the child, 19, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told the High Court in Glasgow she received a phone call at 3.53am saying her daughter was in hospital.

She told prosecutor Greg Farrell: "William said 'I need to take her to the hospital. She fell off the couch head first and she's got an egg-shaped lump on her head.'"

The mum added: "He said he was waiting for an ambulance."

When asked by Mr Farrell how Robertson sounded, she replied: "He was trying to sound upset. I could tell it was put on by the tone of his voice. It was as if he was pretending to cry."

'He was trying to sound upset. I could tell it was put on by the tone of his voice. It was as if he was pretending to cry.'
Mother of baby girl

The mum told the jury when she arrived at the hospital at 4.20am, Robertson was sitting on a chair and her daughter was screaming in pain.

She added: "Her forehead was black and blue, her two eyes were black and blue and inside her ears was bruised as well. She had a bit of blood at her ear and round her mouth."

She said: "He was sitting next to my daughter. He was not trying to comfort her. He said 'It's not what it looks like.'"

The witness told the court she believed that Robertson was drunk and added: "I could smell drink off him and his eyes were just all over the place."

She said that Robertson gave her three different accounts of how the baby came to be injured. In the first he said she fell off the sofa head first.

The mum added: "He also said she was at the back of the couch and had fallen down and he pulled her back up holding her head and an ankle. He also said he woke up and she had fallen by the kitchen door."

Robertson is also accused of being unfit to care for the baby because he had taken alcohol and smoked controlled substances. He is also alleged to have had cannabis in his possession on September 8 last year.

He denies all the charges against him and the trial before Judge Norman Ritchie continues.

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