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Norway father gets eight years for attack on infant daughter

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Norway father gets eight years for attack on infant daughter
The man appealed against the Oslo District Court's decision. Photo: Lise Åserud / NTB scanpix
15:22 CEST+02:00
A 31-year-old man was sentenced to eight years in prison by the Oslo District Court on Wednesday for aggravated assault against his four-week-old daughter.
The man must also pay his daughter over 10 million kroner in damages for the serious injuries that are likely to affect her for the remainder of her life. 
 
The child's mother was give a ten-month prison sentence for failing to get her daughter immediate medical help. The mother was ordered to pay one million kroner in compensation. 
 
The father appealed the sentence on the spot.
 
Neither of the parents admitted guilt and the father said that the infant's injuries were a result of having accidentally hit her in the head with his elbow while they were sleeping in the same bed. 
 
But according to the indictment, the daughter's injuries were so suffer that she will likely need full nursing care for the rest of her life. The little girl suffered skull fractures, a collarbone fracture and permanent brain damage. 
 
The parents did not seek medical help for their daughter for a full 18 days after she suffered her horrific injuries. When they did take her in for treatment, hospital staff said their explanations of what had happened was not compatible with the injuries. Police were called and the parents were arrested in the hospital. 
 
The child's mother was not present when the injuries occurred.  She explained that the child was red and swollen in the head when she came home from a trip to the Norwegian Labour and Welfare Organization (NAV). 
 
She said her failure to seek medical attention for the child was based on Somali culture, which dictates that the man decides such things. She also said that she had previously been abused by the man and was afraid that she would beaten again if she did not do what he said. 
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