Tuesday, 23 Oct 2018

Mother and boyfriend left baby dead with 28 broken bones and cocaine in his blood


Mother and boyfriend left baby dead with 28 broken bones and cocaine in his bloodMother and boyfriend left baby dead with 28 broken bones and cocaine in his blood -  A mother and her boyfriend have been found guilty of causing the death of her baby son, who suffered 28 fractures during his short life and had been exposed to amphetamine and cocaine.

Five-month-old Eli Cox died in hospital on April 27 last year, two weeks after an incident at his home in Lapwing Close, Minster-on-Sea on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent.

He suffered a catastrophic injury while in the care of Katherine Cox and Danny Shepherd.

His heart stopped beating and he stopped breathing some time after 5pm on April 13 2017.

Eli had suffered brain damage and two small round bruises were found at the back of his head.

Prosecutor Jennifer Knight said a post mortem found that death had been caused by a shaking impact type head injury and that Eli had also suffered skeletal injury on many different occasions leading up to his death. Tests also found traces of the drugs.

Cox, 33, and Shepherd, 25, of Faversham, who were the only adults present when Eli was injured, were both found guilty of causing or allowing the death of a child between April 12 and 28, and causing or allowing physical harm to a child.

They were also both convicted of possessing the Class B drug amphetamine.

Cox and Shepherd moved in together in November 2015 after they started dating that summer.

Cox later told police she had called the ambulance after seeing Eli lifeless on the bed with ooze coming out of his nose and Shepherd was performing adult CPR on him.

Police found five bags of amphetamine drugs in the form of white powder when they searched a shed in the couple’s garden on April 14.

Post-mortem examinations showed Eli had oxygen deprivation to his brain, suggesting he had suffered a trauma, bleeding around his optic nerves and a brain injury.

Shepherd told police that neither he nor Cox had deliberately or accidentally injured Eli or lost their temper with him.

The court heard there was a long, thin wooden stick, which was dubbed Pickle’s beating stick. 


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