Peterborough Man Jailed For Killing Baby Daughter

25 September 2014, 13:19 | Updated: 25 September 2014, 13:21

A father from Peterborough has been jailed for at least 22 years, for murdering his nine week old daughter.

23 year old Aurimas Medvedevas attacked baby Aukse after being left alone with her at their home in Clifton Avenue, West Town, Peterborough, on Thursday, September 5 last year.

The baby suffered injuries including cuts and bruises all over her body.

A post mortem examination described them as being consistent with those sustained in a car crash.

Her 24-year-old mother returned home at about 10.30pm to find her cold and unresponsive in her cot and she was taken to Peterborough City Hospital by both parents, arriving at A&E at about 12.30am on September 6. However, the baby was dead on arrival.

A few hours later both parents were arrested at the hospital, after a doctor expressed concern at the number and severity of the baby's injuries.

Today Medvedevas was jailed for life at the Old Bailey.

He had been standing trial but he changed his plea to guilty last Friday. 

Superintendent Jon Hutchinson, from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, said: "The appalling nature of this crime has been reflected in the sentence handed down to Medvedevas today.

Medvedevas did not want to look after his daughter and his response was brutally violent.

The baby's injuries were likened to those suffered in a car crash or as a result of being dropped from a one-storey building. 

He failed to seek assistance that could have saved her life and then refused to tell the truth on arrest and right through the legal process. 

Aukse's mother is continuing to rebuild her life and I hope the conclusion of the legal process today and the knowledge that justice has been done makes that process a little easier."