A thought about the feral “gamer” that bashed the baby’s skull in

Just to refresh your memory

Bird’s offending occurred on November 1, 2013, after the mother of the then nearly five-week-old baby boy had spent the night caring for her son at their Central Hawke’s Bay home.

She woke Bird about 6.30am and asked him to care for their baby, who was asleep in a bassinet, so she could rest, court documents said.

At some time between 6.30am and 10am, while the baby was in his sole care, Bird caused what a doctor said was “non-accidental trauma and extremely unusual for a five-week-old infant”.

It was also during this period that Bird, who is studying computer science at Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT), began playing the graphic video game The Walking Dead.

The game is described online as a “survival game in the midst of a zombie apocalypse”.

The boy’s grandmother, who called the incident a “complete horror story”, arrived at the home at 10.40am when Bird told her his son had “punched himself” and suffered a bruised eye. Bird then left for class at EIT.

“She became concerned and continued to observe [her grandson] who appeared to be distressed,” court documents revealed.

The baby was taken to the family GP at 1pm, before being taken immediately to Hawke’s Bay Hospital.

When assessed by a psychologist, Bird said he had no independent memory of the incident and described the violent outburst as “in a dream”.

Bird’s lawyer Richard Stone said a defence based on automatism – an act performed unconsciously – was hard to prove but he urged the judge to consider the psychiatric report when sentencing his client.

Judge Mackintosh said Bird was a keen gamer who would often stay awake into the early hours of the morning playing video games.

Bird said he was “extremely tired and hallucinating” during the incident, the judge said.

The thing not reported now, but was a while ago, is that doctors said that the damage to baby’s skull wasn’t from a single occurrence.  Some of the fractures had healed and were healing from previous impacts.

He’s been done on the latest one, it seems clear to me that Bird had a habit of punching the baby in the face to make the crying stop.

The only way to do that is to knock baby unconscious.

Four years is not enough.

Devon Ashley Bird is a monster.


– Sam Hurley, Hawkes Bay Today

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