Musselburgh charity shop punch: ‘I thought baby was a doll’

Russell Griffin Outside Haddington Sheriff Court

Russell Griffin Outside Haddington Sheriff Court

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A charity shop worker punched a four-week-old baby in the face – because he believed the tiny tot to be a doll, a court has heard.

Russell Griffin struck the infant as she lay sleeping in a car seat as her mother browsed a clothes rail just feet away.

A group of women who had been cooing over the baby couldn’t decide whether she was in fact a doll as she did not move and her skin was so pale.

Griffin, of 51C Promenade, Musselburgh, decided to end the debate by stating “I’ll show you lot it’s a doll” and punched her in the face, the court heard. She let out a yelp and burst into tears.

Although the youngster did not suffer any injuries, one witness described Griffin’s punch as “like he was in a boxing ring”.

Griffin (55) was charged with assault and was also sacked from his volunteering job at the Hearing Dogs for Deaf People charity store in Musselburgh’s High Street, following the incident on October 8, 2012.

He denied assaulting the baby during an appearance at Haddington Sheriff Court but was found guilty of conducting himself in a culpable and reckless manner by punching the baby in the face to her potential injury following a trial at the court last Thursday.

Full story and more from Haddington Sheriff Court in this week’s Musselburgh News, on sale now.

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