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I thought it was a doll: Man arrested after punching five-day-old baby in Tesco

Child left with 'very big fist mark' after first outing since being born

A man is under arrest after allegedly punching a baby in a supermarket, police said.

Elsie Rose, just five days old, was on her first outing with her parents, Amy Duckers and Lewis Temple, and her seven-year-old sister, Libby, when she was hit at the Tesco store in Baguley, Greater Manchester, on Monday.

The baby, weighing 6lb 12oz, was taken to hospital and monitored overnight but is not believed to have been seriously injured.

Police have arrested a 63-year-old man on suspicion of assault.

Ms Duckers was showing her new daughter off to friends and neighbours in the shop at the time.

A neighbour then saw a work colleague who was with her husband, and it is alleged he then came over and punched the baby, leaving a "very big fist mark" on her forehead, according to Ms Duckers.

The "mortified" parents called security while the suspect apologised and said he thought the baby was a doll.

Ms Duckers posted details of the traumatic experience on Facebook, praising staff at Tesco for the way they handled the situation.

She wrote: "Thank you so much to Baguley Tesco for all you did tonight (Monday) you were all amazing thank you so much for the way you dealt with the situation and treated us all."

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said: "A man has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting a baby.

"Police were called shortly before 6.45pm to a supermarket on Altrincham Road in Baguley, 5 September 2016, to reports of a child having been hit.

"The baby girl was taken to hospital as a precaution and has since been discharged.

"A 63-year-old was arrested on suspicion of assault and is currently in custody being questioned by officers."


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