Kent Couple Guilty Over Death of Baby

4 August 2017, 12:53 | Updated: 5 August 2017, 08:12

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A couple from Faversham will be sentenced at the end of the year after being found guilty of causing or allowing the death of a five-month-old baby.

Katherine Cox, 33, and Danny Shepherd, 25, were arrested following the death of her son Eli Cox in hospital in April last year.

The child had fallen ill a fortnight earlier at the then family home in Lapwing Close, Minster.

A post-mortem examination revealed he had suffered a catastrophic brain injury consistent with being shaken and hitting his head, in addition to at least 28 bone fractures believed to have been sustained over a 10-week period. Traces of cocaine and amphetamine were also present in Eli’s system.

The couple both denied any involvement in the baby’s death but were convicted following a trial at Maidstone Crown Court.

Senior investigating officer Detective Inspector Ivan Beasley said: "The death of a child is never anything less than tragic but the circumstances behind Eli Cox’s passing are especially upsetting for those of us who share a compassion for others.

"None of us will ever understand what compels people to cause harm to children, and it is unfortunately true to say that Eli suffered more than most and was robbed of his life before it had barely begun.

"Katherine Cox and Danny Shepherd maintained their innocence throughout but the jury saw through their lies. Only they know the true extent of the abuse Eli was put through, which is simply unthinkable to most members of society including parents who would do anything to protect their children from harm.

"I strongly advise anyone who suspects a child is being neglected to call us on 101 or contact the NSPCC on 0808 800 5000. Children who are being abused themselves can call Childline for support and advice on 0800 1111.’