A SOLDIER left a 10-week-old baby with a life-changing brain bleed after a devastating shaking attack.
The boy remains in hospital over two years on from the brutal assault by rifleman Declan Walton, 31.
A judge heard the child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, is tube-fed and will probably never live independently.
Walton, who served with the Black Watch, had told hospital staff he didn’t know how the child was hurt and that he had seemed normal before becoming “floppy”.
But prosecutor Leanne Cross told the High Court in Edinburgh: “Medical evidence points to the child having suffered a traumatic event, most likely from shaking.”
The court heard the infant’s mum alerted emergency services after Walton shouted that the baby had gone limp. A CT scan showed haemorrhaging in the tot’s head.
He was transferred to intensive care at the capital’s Royal Hospital for Sick Children and later underwent surgery to drain blood and ease pressure on his brain.
Walton was originally charged with attempted murder in Glenrothes, Fife, in June 2020.
But he admitted assault to severe injury, permanent impairment and danger of life by shaking the boy or otherwise inflicting trauma to his head.
Judge Lord Weir warned that the offence was “of the first order of seriousness”.
A neighbour said: “Walton is a remorseless thug and a coward who won’t accept he’s wrecked that child’s life.”
He will be sentenced next month.
In 2009, Walton told a blog on the Afghan war of his “excitement” at the battle, in which he lost two comrades.
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