Martial arts thug babysitter, 35, who left boy, 2, with torn intestines is jailed for attempted murder

A BABYSITTER has been jailed for eight years for a vile attack on a two-year-old boy he was supposed to be looking after.

Remorseless David McMullen, 35, left the toddler with a torn colon and intestines in the savage assault in South Lanarkshire, Scotland.

David McMullen, 35, was jailed for attempted murder of the little boy, 2

The little boy was rushed to hospital for life-saving surgery on his ruptured stomach following the brutal assault in Cambuslang in December 2016.

His injuries were likened to a road crash victim.

A court heard how violent McMullen trained in Muay Thai fighting at the time.

Prosecutors said McMullen “delivered a blow” to the tiny victim resulting in the near-fatal internal injury.

Despite the evidence, the boy’s mum told jurors she did not believe the thug was responsible.

But the martial arts thug was found guilty of attempted murder following a trial at the High Court in Glasgow.


Sentencing McMullen at the court today, Lord Armstrong said said the boy would “undoubtedly have died” if not for the expert care he received at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Glasgow, where he was treated.

Lord Armstrong said: “You have been found guilty after trial of the attempted murder of a two-year-old toddler – who could not yet speak – by the infliction of blunt force trauma to his abdomen.

“The little boy was vulnerable simple by nature of his age. He had been left in your sole care.”

He added: “You continue to deny any responsibility for the attack and display no remorse or regret.”

Gordon Jackson QC, representing McMullen, said the child had suffered no lasting damage and had made a “complete and total recovery”.

The little boy’s injuries were likened to a road crash victim during a trial at the High Court in Glasgow

He said the child’s mother is extremely supportive of the 35-year-old.

Mr Jackson said: “In any view this was a single blow that was struck, it was not a sustained violence over a period, it was very much a single blow.

“Mr McMullen was keen to get medical help and was clearly distressed at the hospital.”

He added: “All in all this is a very tragic business only lightened by the fact that the child has not suffered any lasting damage and he has the support of the child’s mother.”

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