Carers failed to get medical help for neglected baby

A seven-month-old girl needed morphine after being neglected by Daniel Cowan and Ailsa Findleton.

A man and woman who failed to get urgent medical help for a badly hurt baby have each been jailed for three years.

Daniel Cowan, 29, and Ailsa Findleton, 28, left the seven-month old girl to suffer while they were apparently caring for her.

The “inconsolable” child – who needed morphine when finally admitted to hospital – had a number of injuries including a dislocated and fractured elbow.

Cowan, of Dumfries, and Findleton, of Stranraer, both sobbed as they were jailed on Friday.

They pair previously admitted wilfully neglecting the baby between February 10 and 14 at the High Court in Glasgow.

The pair were cleared of attacking the child after it could not be established how she was harmed.

Lord Burns told them: “You must have known this child was injured and in great pain.

“She was highly vulnerable and not able to communicate other than with cries which apparently went unheeded for a number of days.”

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