REGIONAL: Angry girlfriend ‘dangled baby out of window 30ft up’

Winchester Crown Court. Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA
Winchester Crown Court. Credit: Barry Batchelor/PA

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A 20-year-old woman ‘dangled’ a baby out of a second-floor window ‘30ft above the ground’ following an argument with her partner, a court has heard.

Jade Vokes-McLean, of Church Crookham, Fleet, is on trial at Winchester Crown Court accused of child cruelty.

Tom Wilkins, prosecuting, told the court that the defendant was ‘irate’ following the argument and had at first ordered her partner, Jason Budd, to leave before changing her mind and then trying to stop him going on June 24 last year.

Mr Budd then left the flat by climbing over the living room balcony and going down a drainpipe, Mr Wilkins said.

He continued: ‘Having done so, he heard a banging noise coming from the flat and saw the large window of a bedroom open wide.

‘He then heard the baby crying. At this point he could see the defendant leaning out of the window holding the baby in her arms with the baby facing herself.

‘The baby was suspended out of the window over the two-storey drop, it was awake, wriggling and kicking its legs.’

Mr Wilkins said the defendant denied the allegation and told police the baby ‘was held clasped to her body when she was at the window’.

Friend Jason Jeffery, who had come to pick up Mr Budd, said: ‘She was leaning from the window and shouting down towards us.’

He said he saw the defendant holding the baby ‘with two arms out of the window over the windowsill’ and the child was ‘wriggling around and looked uncomfortable’.

He said the baby was held out of the window about 30ft from the ground for between 30 seconds and a minute.

Mr Jeffery he was ‘panicking’ in case the defendant dropped the baby and positioned himself to try to catch the child if it fell.

Vokes-McLean denies a charge of cruelty to a child through wilful ill-treatment likely to cause unnecessary suffering or injury and the trial continues.