Saturday 16 December 2017

Dad guilty of murdering his four-month-old daughter after shaking her to death

Tomas Driukas who has been found guilty at Birmingham Crown Court of the murder of his daughter after he shook her
Tomas Driukas who has been found guilty at Birmingham Crown Court of the murder of his daughter after he shook her

Alexander Britton

A father who shook his baby daughter to death has been found guilty of her murder, police said.

Tomas Driukas, 26, called an ambulance to his home in Perry Barr, Birmingham, after reporting his four-month-old Deimante Driukaite had breathing difficulties.

Deimante, who was born three months prematurely, was admitted to hospital in the early hours of April 1 2015 but died a few hours later.

Officers said an investigation revealed the baby died as a result of a significant brain trauma consistent with being shaken with force.

She also had bruising to her face and body and had several fractured ribs.

Driukas denied inflicting the injuries but was found guilty of murder at Birmingham Crown Court this afternoon and will be sentenced tomorrow.

Detective Sergeant Nick Barnes, from West Midlands Police Homicide Team, said: "Driukas was her father and should have been responsible for the wellbeing and protection of his daughter, who was just four and a half months old at the time of her death.

"She was entirely vulnerable, requiring complete care, love and compassion. She was just 55cm (21in) tall and weighed less than nine pounds (four kilograms).

"Since the time of her death and the end of the trial, Driukas continued to deny any wrongdoing. He has shown no meaningful remorse."

Sgt Barnes added: "Even when his daughter was gravely ill he neglected to give an honest account to medical experts in order for them to treat her appropriately.

"She had been injured on at least four occasions and had suffered multiple rib fractures caused by her tiny ribcage being squeezed.

"She also had bruising to her face. The force required was well in excess of what would be expected in handling a baby of this size. The cause of her death was non-accidental head injury which had been caused by her being violently shaken."

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