Birmingham Dad Jailed For Killing Baby Daughter

A 26 year old father's been jailed for life for violently shaking his daughter to death.

Tomas Driukus, from Perry Barr, continuously shook his 4-month-old child when she wouldn't stop crying. 

He called emergency services on 1st April 2015 when she started struggling to breath. She was treated in hospital but died a few hours later.

An investigation was launched after it was revealed that 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 several fractured ribs. 

The little girl had a twin brother who also showed similar bruising on his body.

Driukus denied the charges but was found guilty of murder and two counts of wounding.

Detective Sergeant Nick Barnes, from the force’s 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 tall and weighed less than nine pounds.

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

"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.

"We would like to thank the numerous medical experts who comprehensively were able to negate the version of events concocted by Driukas as late as November 2015, some seven months after the child died. They were able to provide expert evidence on the true cause of the injuries.

"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."

Detective Inspector Justin Spanner spoke to Heart outside Birmingham Crown Court after the sentencing:

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