£850-a-night escort mum who broke her newborn baby’s skull jailed

Law student Elizabeth Wilkins, 23, was today sentenced to seven years behind bars after the brutal attack left her helpless son fighting for his life.

Callous Wilkins – who sold sexual services online – had earlier tried to shift the blame on her former partner, 30-year-old Erick Vanselow.

Wilkins shook her baby son and fractured his ribs on several occasions before banging his head leaving him with a fractured skull.

The baby, then aged just three months, suffered brain damage in the attacks two years ago and may have developmental problems as he grows up.

Wilkins – who was suspended from her law course at the University of Plymouth – denied assaulting causing GBH with intent in September 2016 and causing him actual bodily harm between August 31 and September 3 2016.

During her trial, Wilkins was attacked outside Plymouth Crown Court during lunch-break as she gave evidence in September.

A judge called the assault "outrageous", but Wilkins carried on from the witness stand after lunch with no visible injury.

Perpetrator Claire Moore, 33, of Plymouth, Devon, was fined £40 after admitting assault by beating.

Mr Vanselow was cleared of failing to protect their son – having earlier been acquitted of assault.

Wilkins denied assaulting her child causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

A court heard how the boy's head was smashed against a hard surface in the flat the parents once shared in Plymouth.

She also pleaded not guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm between August 31 and September 3 in 2016.

A jury unanimously found her guilty on both counts after seven hours of deliberations.

The exact events which ended in the boy, who cannot be named by court order, in hospital will never be known.

The jury found that Wilkins attacked her son several times, fracturing his ribs and then pointing the finger of suspicion at Mr Vanselow.

She finally banged his head against a heavy object while she was alone in the flat for 90 minutes.

Wilkins said nothing of what happened and the parents only took him to the GP – who immediately phoned for an ambulance.

The court heard suspicions were raised when Wilkins remained unusually calm and showed no emotion while her son, who can not be named for legal reasons, fought for life in hospital.

She told shocked nurses as he was having a drill inserted into his bone marrow that she didn't mind watching it as she was a 'fan of Holby City and had seen it on television'.

A serious case review is now underway to look at any medical failings which could have raised the alarm sooner.

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