Barnsley Baby Murder Father Jailed

A South Yorkshire father who murdered his seven-week-old son when he was left alone with him for 20 minutes has been jailed for life.

25-year-old Ian Hutchinson 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 from Barnsley was found guilty of murder last week.

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.

Speaking after the verdict, Temporary Detective Inspector Ian Fidler, of South Yorkshire Police, described the case as ``tragic''. He said the family was not previously known to either police or social services and Kieron had been seen by a GP earlier that day and was found to be progressing as expected.

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