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5 October 2015, 18:31
A 22-year-old man's been jailed for 9 years after being found guilty of shaking his baby son to death in Faringdon.
Jordan Saxton, of Wingate Close, Oxford, was found not guilty of murder, but guilty of manslaughter by unanimous jury at Oxford Crown Court today (5/10), following a two week trial.
At 5.54pm on Sunday 16 November 2014, South Central Ambulance Service received a 999 call regarding the collapse of a baby at Untons Place in Faringdon.
The baby, 11-week-old Jayden Saxton, was taken to the Great Western Hospital in Swindon and later transferred to the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children from where Thames Valley Police was notified, at 2.57am on Monday 17 November
Jayden had significant internal head injuries together with multiple fractures to his body and he sadly died of his injuries the following day (18/11).
Jayden’s father, Jordan Saxton, was arrested in connection with the death in November and charged with murder on 10 March this year.
Senior Investigating officer, Det Ch Insp Kevin Brown of the Major Crime Unit at Thames Valley Police, said:
“Firstly, and most importantly, our condolences and thoughts remain with Jayden’s family and loved-ones who have endured what only can be described as a living nightmare since November last year.
“The medical and forensic evidence in this investigation proved how Jayden was assaulted, causing him serious bodily harm that led to his death and I am satisfied that the jury has considered all the expert evidence when providing the guilty verdict in respect of manslaughter.
“I am thankful to Jayden’s family for their support throughout this very difficult prosecution and to all the witnesses, predominantly doctors and medical experts who gave testimony during the trial. The evidence was clear that Jordan committed manslaughter.
“I would also like to thank all staff and officers at Thames Valley Police who worked on this investigation as well as the Crown Prosecution Service for securing this manslaughter conviction.”
Adrian Foster, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "This was a terrible crime, which led to the untimely death of 11-week-old Jayden Saxton at his home in Faringdon, Oxfordshire.
“Late afternoon on Sunday, 16 November 2014, Jordan Saxton was at home alone with is son, Jayden, for just 85-minutes when he called the emergency services to say his son had stopped breathing. When paramedics arrived they found Jayden in a critical state. Jayden was rushed by ambulance to the Great Western Hospital, Swindon and was later transferred to the Bristol Children’s Hospital where he died two days later when life support was withdrawn. The cause of death was a serious non-accidental brain injury.
"The prosecution case was that the brain damage and spinal cord injuries were caused by the baby being subjected to a violent assault by his father by gripping his chest, shaking him and striking his head. Other injuries included bruising on his head and body and fractures at 18 different places on his body including his collarbone, both legs and ribs. Old rib fractures were also discovered during the post mortem indicating that Jayden had previously been forcibly gripped and shaken between 21 October and 4 November.It is impossible to imagine a more vulnerable victim.
“Jordan Saxton denied causing the death of his defenceless son and offered no explanation for how he obtained his injuries, but was found guilty of his manslaughter, despite his denials.
"This was an extremely difficult and complex case to prosecute. Without any eye witnesses, we needed lengthy and highly technical evidence from top medical experts to help provide an explanation as to why this little boy died. This evidence enabled the prosecution to piece together what had happened and exclude any possible innocent explanation for his death.
“We have worked closely with Thames Valley Police since this investigation was launched and as a result of the hard work and diligence of the prosecution team, a just outcome has been achieved for baby Jayden. I hope that the conviction and sentence will in some way help his family come to terms with this tragic event. However, no matter how long the prison sentence is, I acknowledge that nothing can make up for the loss of Jayden. Our thoughts are very much with his family at this time.”