7 Oct 2017

Father Who Punched Baby Daughter to Death Because She Wouldn’t Stop Crying Jailed For Life

A father who punched his two-day-old baby girl to death because she ‘would not stop crying’ has been jailed for life.
Illustration photo of man in prison
Liam Deane, 22, lashed out on the tiny baby, named Luna, after losing his temper just two days after she was born, the court heard.

Luna’s mum had left her with Deane while she went to get some sleep. But he lost his temper during the night when Luna continued to cry, Leeds Crown Court heard.

Michael Smith, prosecuting, said the injuries found on the baby included injuries to her brain, body and face. Mr Smith said: ‘He said he was responsible for all of the injuries that she had suffered and he said that Luna had not settled down and he lost control.’

The court heard how Luna’s mother Karen Bissett, 21, had gone upstairs at the family home in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, on July 11 this year.

The next day she was told by Deane that Luna had fallen. An ambulance was called after Deane had spoken to his mother, saying the baby was having difficulty breathing and had fallen and hit her head.

Paramedics arrived and noticed her face was badly swollen and bruised. Luna was taken to Leeds General Infirmary where she died in intensive care on July 14, three days after the attack.

A doctor concluded Luna had died after suffering head trauma, leaving her with ‘catastrophic brain injuries.’ Deane broke down when interviewed by police and admitted he was responsible for attacking the baby.

He admitted punching Luna to the face, squeezing her body and arms and shaking her. Richard Wright, QC, representing Deane, said: ‘In my submission there is simply no explanation for the defendant’s behaviour.

‘His actions were wholly and utterly out of character for him. ‘The defendant will have a very long time to reflect upon his terrible behaviour.'

 Mr Wright read a victim statement to the court on behalf of Luna’s mother. It stated: ‘Seeing Luna on life support in the hospital will last with me forever. I can’t describe how that felt. I would not wish it upon my worst enemy.’

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