A younger dad killed his six-week-old baby son by shaking him so hard the toddler suffered 28 damaged bones and a bleed on the mind.
Lee Vernon, 21, had admitted manslaughter over the dying of little McKenzie Ellis, however wept in the dock after a jury discovered him responsible of homicide.
Tragic McKenzie was simply 47 days outdated when he died.
He was rushed to the QEQM Hospital in Margate on July 23 final 12 months after collapsing at residence in Broadstairs, Kent.
Doctors discovered a extreme mind bleed and a number of fractures, together with a damaged collar bone, 5 damaged ribs on one facet of his body and an extra six breaks on the opposite.
Maidstone Crown Court heard the deadly accidents had been inflicted by Vernon ‘shaking the child with a firm grip’.
Vernon, described as a ‘manipulative liar’, denied homicide and two costs of inflicting GBH with intent, claiming he by accident dropped his son earlier than bouncing him round and squeezing him too tightly.
But he was convicted after the UK’s solely forensic bone skilled, Professor David Mangham, informed jurors he believed they had been precipitated intentionally.
Prosecutor Steven Perian QC mentioned: ‘These accidents included a cranium fracture and a damaged blood vessel, near the inner nook of the left eye.
‘There had been quite a few skeletal fractures discovered, fractures to the left collarbone, the left ankle and proper thigh bone in addition to 11 rib fractures.
‘The expert medical opinion is that the fatal head injury caused McKenzie’s dying but it surely had occurred in the context of a number of rib fractures and fractures to the left ankle area.’
Mr Perian mentioned that a few of the accidents the baby had suffered occurred between one and three weeks earlier than his dying.
He added: ‘We say that the deadly harm to McKenzie was brought on by shaking the kid with a agency grip to the chest inflicting rib fractures.
‘We also suggest that there had been forcible twisting and pulling of the lower limbs.’
The court docket heard Vernon used the web to look ‘I grabbed my baby too hard, now has bruises’ and ‘Have you ever accidentally hurt your child when they are having a meltdown.’
Senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Richard Vickery mentioned: ‘It’s inconceivable to understand the struggling that McKenzie endured throughout his brief life by the hands of his father.
‘Vernon has proven himself to be a merciless and cowardly man after hurting his helpless baby who seemed to him for love and care.
‘I’m so grateful to the medical consultants and my investigation crew who, regardless of this complicated and emotional case, had been in a position to get to the reality of what occurred to make sure Vernon’s conviction.’
Vernon shall be sentenced on November 29.