Father punches his baby in the face leaving him with black eye

Lee Merrett 
By: Tanya Malhotra

A father of the United Kingdom, was jailed for punching his baby in the face.

The Canterbury Crown Court heard that the father hit his baby in the face because he was told he could not go to an arcade.

23-year-old Lee Merrett from Midlands, punched his nine-month-old son in the face so hard that he was left with a black eye.

The incident occurred while the family was vacationing in a trailer park in Kent, and Merrett wanted to go to an arcade, but the baby's mother asked him to stay with her and help her with their son who was crying at the time.

The couple got into an argument and Merrett reportedly beat his girlfriend and threw an aerosol can at her. He then punched the baby boy in the face, leaving him with a swollen black eye.

Prosecutor Scott Brady told the court that Merrett also headbutted the woman before she managed to get away.

Police officers who arrived at the scene, found Merrett hiding under the trailer and he was arrested.

Merrett was found guilty of assault and he was sentenced to 15 months in prison. Judge Simon James described Merrett’s attack on his baby as “unforgivable, disgraceful and cowardly.”

The woman broke up with Merrett after being in a relationship for three years.