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A man has been jailed for “monstrously” throwing a child out of a first floor window.
Drunk Carl Keany flung the two-year-old boy from the window after shouting profanities at a crowd of people stood below who had been pleading with him not to do so.
Derby Crown Court heard it was only because of the quick reactions of a person who caught the child that prevented the youngster from being seriously injured.
Keany, 29, had been drinking around four litres of cider every day at the time the incident happened in Newbold, Derbyshire, it was said.
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Judge Egbuna jailed Keany for the crime, calling it "immoral" and "horrific".
Sarah Slater, prosecuting, outlined the case in court as it happened on August 14 this year.
At around 6.40pm, Keany had been drinking heavily at a nearby pub before he went to a house.
That house contained a two-year-old child.
A short time after, he could be heard inside the house shouting and screaming at the child victim.
He then became enraged and dangled the child from the window on the first floor of that house.
The distance was round six metres from the window to the floor, Miss Slater explained.
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There were two people outside the house on the ground, who both pleaded for him to stop as he was endangering the child.
Miss Slater said: “They were shouting at him to take the child back inside, but he shouted: ‘Here, f** have him’.
“He then flings him out of the window.”
Luckily, the people nearby were fast enough to catch the child before he hit the ground.
Police arrived at 6.55pm and tried to get into the house, but he had locked all windows and both the front and back doors.
Eventually, officers managed to arrest Keany and take him to the police station.
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Joe Harvey, defending, said: “When I picked up this case and read it, it struck me that this is one of those cases which do not materialise in our line of work very often, fortunately.
“It is monstrous behaviour. That is a word which I used with him in conference this morning and a word that he recognises as being apt.
“He says he can never forgive himself for what he has done.
“This is an incident which was entirely out of character for him.”
Judge Robert Egbuna sentenced Keany, of Lucas Road, Newbold, to two years and eight months in prison, saying: “Your acts towards the child were immoral, horrific and something that any right-thinking person would view as totally reprehensible.
“You were under the influence of a significant amount of alcohol.
“But you have shown remorse and it is clear that you are ashamed of your actions.”
Judge Egbuna also made a restraining order for Keany never to come into contact with the child again or until the order is lifted.
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