Man hit baby during row with partner
A man who assaulted his baby daughter was told to "grow up and be a man" by a magistrate.
Christopher Webster, 20, struck his daughter Leia Flear-Webster with a hold-all on the back of the head during a raging argument with his then partner Sarah Flear.
Lincoln Magistrates' Court heard that he had struck Ms Flear on the forehead by swinging the hold-all before it then clipped the baby's head.
He also pinned his partner by the throat for around a minute before later pushing her at their home on Collingwood in North Hykeham on March 13.
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Webster was convicted of two counts of assault at an earlier trial, but admitted threatening violence to gain entry to a property.
Magistrates accepted that Webster had not intended to assault the baby, and said the hold-all's impact had been minimal.
Mark Wood, defending, said: "This was clearly a very unpleasant incident, but there were no injuries to the complainant and baby in this case."
Magistrate Lloyd Hughes told Webster that what he had done was "unmanly".
Webster was ordered to serve a 12-month community order and a four month curfew, as well as pay £100 costs.
For more on the court case, see Saturday's Echo.