Dad jailed for life for murder of newborn son he was minding for just 20 minutes
Published 12/12/2011 | 08:03
A FATHER who murdered his seven-week-old son when he was left alone with him for 20 minutes was jailed for life today.
Ian Hutchinson, 25, must serve a minimum of 12 years for the murder of baby Kieron.
The baby suffered catastrophic brain damage when he was left with his father while his mother and grandmother went shopping.
The trial at Sheffield Crown Court heard that the defendant may have inflicted the fatal injuries out of frustration because he did not have everything he needed to change his son's nappy.
Hutchinson was found guilty of murder last week and was sentenced today.
Mr Justice MacDuff told Hutchinson: "You have been convicted, on overwhelming evidence, of the murder of your baby son, seven weeks old and committed to your sole care.
"For the short time he was alone with you, he was wholly and solely reliant upon you. It is clear to me that because he cried or required changing, or perhaps because of frustration felt by you at having no baby wipes readily to hand, you lost control of yourself and so violently brought his head into contact with some hard surface that you caused him the catastrophic injuries from which he died.
"You also shook him violently causing further injury which made its contribution to his death some four days later. Only you know exactly what went on inside that house on September 3 last year."
The judge said he accepted it was a "spur of the moment loss of temper" and that he did not intend to kill.
He added: "I also accept that you were immediately full of remorse, although that remorse has to be seen alongside an attempt to distance yourself from what you did and a failure to acknowledge your responsibility.
"You are a young man. You were just 23 years old when you committed this offence. You are not, I accept, an evil person."
The court heard that the defendant was left alone with Kieron on September 3 last year after his wife Rebecca Hutchinson and his mother Georgina Hutchinson went to the supermarket.
He told doctors and police he had begun to change his son after the women left the house but found there were no wipes in the changing bag and rang his wife to tell her this.
Hutchinson told police that his son then became upset, coughed, went quiet and then stopped breathing.
Paramedics were called and Kieron was taken to Sheffield Children's Hospital, where he died four days later.
The baby suffered bleeding eyes and a seven-and-a-half centimetre skull fracture - injuries which must have been caused by an impact with a hard object and violent shaking.
Prosecutor Bryan Cox QC said: "What precisely caused the defendant to inflict such serious injury to Kieron is not entirely clear.
"It may have been something as trivial as a sense of frustration that he'd been alone with Kieron without the wherewithal to change his nappy."