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63-year-old David Hardy has been issued with a fine and sparred community service after being charged with assault for punching five-day-old Elsie Rose in the head.

 

The incident happened in a Manchester branch of Tesco as the child's mother, Amy Duckers, and father, Lewis Temple, showed off their daughter to friends. 

 

 

According to reports, the defendant claims he thought the girl was a 'doll'.

 

Elsie Rose was born three weeks premature and weighed just 6lbs 12oz when the incident took place. 

 

Ms Duckers told the Manchester Evening News at the time: "We all heard the punch land on my little baby. He ran over and punched Elsie Rose in the face, leaving a very big fist mark shape across her forehead."

 

 

District Judge Sam Gooze said it was an "isolated incident" and "out of character", and company boss David Hardy was fined £900, ordered to pay £100 compensation and £500 towards prosecution cost, according to The Star.

 

Elsie's grandfather called it "a f****** joke", telling reporters that Hardy had "got away with it."

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