Luton Man Found Guilty Of Manslaughter Of His Baby
14 July 2015, 16:26
A man from Luton's been found guilty of the manslaughter of his nine week old baby daughter.
Adam Stokes had violently shaken his daughter Scarlett leaving her with a bleed to the brain in January 2013. She collpased at their flat having had a heart attack.
She was rushed to the Luton and Dunstable Hospital and transferred the same day to Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, but she never regained consciousness and died there 10 days later when the life support was withdrawn.
Throughout the trial the prosecution said the dad was responsible for the appalling injuries she suffered by shaking her with "excessive force," which caused her brain injuries.
Stokes, who is 33 and from Runfold in Luton, pleaded not guilty to the girl's manslaughter but was found guilty by a jury at Luton Crown Court today (14 July) following a three-week trial.
Detective Chief Inspector Jerome Kent from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit said: "This is a tragic case in which a very young baby has lost their life. This little girl should've been protected by her father.
"We will not tolerate violence towards children and work hard to ensure perpetrators are brought to justice. We were committed to getting the right result for Scarlet and the verdict goes some way in helping her family who have had to deal with this devastating loss."
Stokes will be remanded in custody and is due to be sentenced on 11th August.