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3 November 2016, 15:12
Daniel Sanzone jailed for life for the murder of his 2-week-old son Joshua
A 23-year-old father has today been sentenced to life imprisonment, to serve a minimum of 15 years, after he was found guilty of the murder of his six-week-old son.
Joshua Millinson was born on 11 October 2015 and on 24 October a call was made to the emergency services to attend a property in Pendeford, Wolverhampton as Joshua had stopped breathing.
Paramedics admitted the baby to New Cross Hospital and then to Birmingham Children's Hospital where he was assessed as having extensive brain damage.
A month later, on 21 November, life support was withdrawn following a High Court ruling and Joshua passed away in his mother's arms.
A post-mortem examination revealed that Joshua's death was as a result of a head injury and specialist investigations revealed fractures.
The baby's father, Daniel Sanzone, was arrested and was yesterday (2 November) found guilty at Birmingham Crown Court of murder and child cruelty.
Wendy Bounds, Specialist Crown Prosecutor with the West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service's Complex Casework Unit, said:
"Within the first two weeks of Joshua's life he was twice taken to hospital by his parents and suffered a fatal head injury inflicted by Daniel Sanzone shaking him.
"Following his death, investigations revealed that he had been injured on at least one previous occasion before the fatal head injury.
"Joshua was a new born baby with his whole life before him but he was killed by his father within two weeks of his birth.
"I hope the jury's verdict has brought a measure of justice for Joshua and those who supported him and our thoughts are with them."
Here's the NSPCC response:
"A newborn baby needs round-the-clock love, care and attention, so it is hard to comprehend the abuse that little Joshua endured during his short life.
Disturbingly, police have suggested that Sanzone may have been jealous of the attention his baby son was getting.
But there is no excuse for the sickening violence that Joshua was subjected to.
It is right that Sanzone has faced the full force of the law and we hope this tragic case sends out a clear message that abuse and cruelty will not be tolerated."
A serious Case review will now be carried out by Wolverhampton City Council with West Midlands Police help.
Alan Coe, Chair of Wolverhampton Safeguarding Children Board, said: "Any child death is extremely distressing. It is even more so in this case."
We have commissioned a Serious Case Review to find out whether there was anything we can learn from this tragedy that might mean that in future a similar situation would be less likely to end this way.
Now that court proceedings have finished, we can now complete this review and will publish the findings in the coming months."