Pedophile who left baby girl needing surgery after sex attack and then tried to blame mom for the injuries gets 10-year jail term
The 43-year-old Alan Kusz tried to place the blame on the child's mother but the investigators relied on DNA evidence to pin the offender
A 43-year-old Scottish man, who was convicted of sexually assaulting a 14-month-old baby, was sentenced to 10 years in prison following a trial at the High Court in Edinburgh, Tuesday.
Even after the judge handed down his punishment, Alan Kusz maintained his innocence insisting on placing the blame for the child's horrific injuries on her mother. He told the investigators that he had left the baby with her mother when he went to walk the dog in April 2018. Upon his return, he said he heard the infant screaming and the next thing he knew, she was being admitted to the hospital for surgery.
"The suggestion seems to be that on Sunday night the child mum's injured and then callously left her to her fate. That is the logic to what Alan Kusz is saying," prosecutor Lisa Gillespie told the jurors during his trial last month.
However, according to the police, it was the baby's mother who discovered the victim's injuries. A doctor who testified in the case said the incident was "as bad you can get" and that the infant's injuries were the “most severe” they had ever seen. In addition, the prosecutor said that the victim was "loved, wanted and well cared for" by her mother.
Kusz, on the other hand, was often seen in the company of the child and her mother and the DNA collected from the scene helped connect the incident to him, BBC reported.
“It is difficult to imagine a more vulnerable victim. You continue to deny any responsibility for the crime of which you have been convicted. Society has an abhorrence of such conduct and it is the responsibility of the court to reflect what. Young and vulnerable children are all entitled to care and protection," the presiding judge said while handing down the verdict, the Sun reported. “It is important that those who might be disposed to commit crimes of sexual abuse against children, in the way that you did, understand that they are likely to receive significant custodial penalties once brought to justice. I am satisfied that, in your case, there is no appropriate alternative disposal to one of imprisonment.”
While the infant had successfully undergone surgery, the road to complete recovery was a long and uncertain one. “This is a disturbing and horrific case. Kusz inflicted appalling injuries on a defenseless baby in his care and clearly poses a serious risk to children," National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children Scotland said after the hearing. "Babies and young children are completely reliant on the adults who look after them and Kusz abused this trust in the most sickening way imaginable. It is vital he receives treatment behind bars to reduce any threat he poses to children in the future.”