Sunday 24 September 2017

Mother-of-nine and boyfriend convicted of killing baby son who suffered 28 fractures

Katherine Cox and Danny Shepherd
Katherine Cox and Danny Shepherd
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A mother of nine and her boyfriend have been found guilty of causing the death of her baby son, who suffered 28 fractures during his short life and had been exposed to amphetamine and cocaine.

Five-month-old Eli Cox died in hospital on April 27 last year, two weeks after an incident at his home in Lapwing Close, Minster-on-Sea on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent.

He suffered a "catastrophic" injury while in the care of Katherine Cox and Danny Shepherd.

His heart stopped beating and he stopped breathing some time after 5pm on April 13, Maidstone Crown Court heard.

His heartbeat was restored, but he was not able to breathe unaided.

Eli had suffered brain damage and two small round bruises were found at the back of his head.

Prosecutor Jennifer Knight said a post mortem found that death had been caused by a "shaking or shaking impact type" head injury and that Eli "had also suffered skeletal injury on many different occasions leading up to his death". Tests also found traces of the drugs.

Cox, 33, and Shepherd, 25, of Faversham, who were the only adults present when Eli was injured, were both found guilty of causing or allowing the death of a child between April 12 and 28, and causing or allowing physical harm to a child.

They were also both convicted of possessing the Class B drug amphetamine.

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