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Teenage dad admits shaking 23-day-old baby to death

Thomas Haining had for years denied killing his baby Mikayla
Thomas Haining had for years denied killing his baby Mikayla (Picture: PA)

A teenage dad who shook his new child baby daughter so onerous she slipped right into a coma and died has pleaded responsible to killing her.

Thomas Haining, who was 19 on the time, had stayed up on the evening of June 7, 2017, to take care of his baby Mikayla who had been ‘unsettled’ for a couple of days.

The 23-day-old baby had been crying greater than typical and struggling with diarrhoea, and Haining took her out of her Moses basket, whereas his ex-girlfriend Shannon Davies was asleep upstairs.

He stated he fed her within the early hours of June eight at their Inverness, , dwelling after which he claimed she grew to become sleepy and unresponsive.

However, it was heard how Haining had inflicted ‘catastrophic and unsurvivable’ mind accidents on his daughter by shaking her, which left her in a coma with a fractured cranium and a number of other damaged ribs.

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Haining, now 21, was charged with homicide however had for years denied killing his daughter.

 teenage father Thomas Haining who has pleaded guilty at the High Court in Edinburgh after his shook his 23-day-old baby to death. PA Photo. Issue date: Thursday September 5, 2019. Haining, who was 19 at the time of the crime, had been charged with murdering his newborn daughter Mikayla but prosecutors today accepted his guilty plea to the lesser charge of culpable homicide.
Haining pleaded responsible to a lesser cost of culpable murder (Picture: PA)

But Edinburgh’s High Court heard Crown prosecutors had accepted a responsible plea to the lesser cost of culpable murder from Haining on Thursday, including it was ‘in the public interest’ for the case not to go to trial.

Judge Lord Pentland questioned why they’d accepted the lesser cost.

It was heard: ‘The view was taken that a plea of culpable homicide would be acceptable in the context provided for the injuries.’

The courtroom was instructed how telephone data confirmed Haining – described by his ex-partner as ‘being in a panic’ – had made 4 web searches following the incident to discover out details about infants in comas.

He queried on-line: ‘What happens if a newborn baby is shake (sic) hard?’

Paramedics had been then known as however they had been unable to resuscitate the toddler and rushed her to hospital.

She was positioned in intensive care with a ventilator after struggling a cardiac arrest on account of the top trauma.

teenage father Thomas Haining who has pleaded guilty at the High Court in Edinburgh after his shook his 23-day-old baby to death. PA Photo. Issue date: Wednesday September 11, 2019.
Haining claimed he had taken the baby out of her basket to feed her (Picture: PA)

Later that afternoon, with medics concluding Mikayla’s head accidents meant ‘survival was unlikely’, the baby was taken off life assist and positioned into her mum’s arms the place she handed away at 4.46pm.

The prosecuting lawyer instructed the courtroom that it was potential a case might be made that Haining had acted with ‘wicked recklessness’.

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He added: ‘There was a loss of control from the accused when he was looking after Mikayla in the early hours of the morning for a short period of time had catastrophic consequences.’

Lord Pentland stated he would remand Haining in custody till sentencing on October 15, with a social work report to be carried out within the meantime to assist any mitigation from the defence.

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