My son almost died when I went into labour 11 weeks early – just hours after being attacked with a baseball bat by neighbour from hell – The Sun07/09/2019
THIS mum went into labour 11 weeks early after her bat-wielding "neighbour from hell" broke into her home and attacked her.
Baby Keanon was given a two per cent chance of survival when he was born weighing 3lb 3oz at just 29 weeks.
Hayley Lundie, 23, claims she went into labour just five hours after she was attacked by violent Shannon Brimble, 28, and gave birth three days later.
The mum-of-three, from Bristol, was terrified her son wouldn't pull through as he spent seven weeks fighting for his life in intensive care.
Speaking exclusively to Fabulous Digital, she said: "I was petrified when I went into early labour a few hours later.
"I was told he had a two per cent chance of survival, it was awful.
"I didn't think he was going to make it. He was so delicate and under-developed because of how early he was.
"It was touch and go but I'm so grateful that he's still with us. He could have lost his life."
Stay-at-home mum Hayley says she and partner Cyril Bayford, 24, a former factory worker, used to be friends with Brimble, who still lives in the flat below them.
But they had fallen out two months earlier, after mum-of-two Brimble bizarrely accused the couple of binning her son's baby blanket.
Brimble noticed it was missing after the couple babysat him in July 2017 – sparking a huge feud.
Hayley claims Brimble would bang on her ceiling and blast music late at night, as well as hitting railings outside their flat with a baseball bat.
I went into early labour a few hours later. I was told he had a 2% chance of survival, it was awful
The heavily pregnant mum was sat on the sofa with Cyril and their son Kireese Bayford, now two, when Brimble burst into their home at around 9pm on September 20, 2017.
Hayley said: "She tried to hit us. We grappled around a bit but then she fell over some shoes in the hallway.
"She smashed a table and left a dent in the door. She wasn't here for long and she left soon after that.
"You would expect to be safe in your own home. I was worried for my kids.
"She tried to swing the bat at us. Cyril pushed me to safety to get us out of danger. It was really scary."
Thankfully, Brimble didn't hit anyone with the bat, but she did physically assault the couple, leaving bruises on the mum-to-be.
Hayley had no other problems during her labour and says doctors told her the fright of the attack likely caused her early labour.
This was confirmed in a letter from social services, which supported the couple's application to the council to urgently move flats.
Bath Magistrates Court imposed a restraining order against Brimble but, as it stands, she still lives in the flat below her victims.
Kaenon was born in St Michael's Hospital, Bristol, on September 23 – 11 weeks before his December 7 due date.
The tot, who was finally able to go home on November 14, is now a healthy one-year-old, who his mum describes as "full of life".
But his brother Kireese has been left mentally scarred, according to his mum.
She tried to hit us. She smashed a table and left a dent in the door
"Kireese has been petrified ever since," Hayley said. "He won't sleep on his own and now sleeps with us."
She added: "We are desperately looking to move. Kaenon had to fight to get fit and healthy. It was hard to predict which way it'd go.
"We are just so grateful he's here with us. We did have doubts.
"My family and friends kept telling me that he would fight through it and will become a healthy baby.
"There were times when I just sat on my own and cried, praying that he'd be OK."
Vicious Brimble, a mum-of-two, was arrested by Avon and Somerset Police and appeared in court in October 2017.
She admitted assault against Hayley, assault by beating against Cyril and criminal damage to their flat – as well as failure to attend a drug assessment – on October 11.
Brimble was given a 12-month community order, three month curfew and ordered to pay £100 compensation to each of her victims.
She was also given a 12-month restraining order – which was recently extended until July this year to protect the couple.
Yesterday we spoke to a mum whose friend’s body was left rotting in her controlling ex’s airing cupboard for 15 months – after she'd begged for help to escape him.
While we revealed how ‘Angel of Death’ Beverley Allitt was able to murder four babies and harm nine others.
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