Woman convicted of hitting eight-month-old baby with slotted spoon walks free

Lorien Norman avoids a prison sentence as daughter's injuries were likely to 'completely resolve'

Lydia Smith
Thursday 07 September 2017 13:21
The 26-year-old repeatedly struck her child with a kitchen utensil
The 26-year-old repeatedly struck her child with a kitchen utensil

An Australian woman who hit her eight-month-old daughter with a large slotted cooking spoon, has avoided a prison sentence.

Lorien Norman, 26, from Adelaide, was convicted of causing harm with intent after repeatedly striking her child Evie.

Ms Norman was given a two-year good behaviour bond and ordered to pay A$500 (£306), according to the Daily Mail, avoiding the maximum prison sentence of 13 years.

Police were called to Ms Norman's home in October 2016, after neighbours heard her threatening to throw her daughter off a balcony.

Officers found the child with bruising to her face and neck, which Norman claimed in court, were caused by a fall in a playground.

However, she later pleaded guilty to aggravated causing harm with intent.

District Court Judge Jack Costello told Norman she would not spend any time in prison if she adheres to the terms of her behaviour bond and did not re-offend for two years.

During this time, she will be supervised by a community corrections officer.

Judge Costello told the court: “'Whilst any assault of a child, particularly one of such a tender age and vulnerability, by a parent stands as a gross breach of trust, your offending is nevertheless far from the most serious of offending of this type in terms of the degree of force involved and the duration of the offending.

“In this respect I particularly note the opinion of the treating paediatrician to the effect that there was no evidence of bony or intracranial injury and that your daughter's physical injuries were likely to completely resolve.”

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies


Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in