Remorseless dad GUILTY of murdering one-month-old baby boy by shaking him so hard he suffered 74 rib fractures08/02/2021
A DAD has today been found guilty of murdering his one-month old baby son by violently shaking him.
James Dean Clark, 31, shook little Sean Clark so hard he suffered 74 fractures to his ribs and two serious head injuries.
The 39-day-old baby boy was found unresponsive in his cot on January 14, 2018.
A jury heard the injuries were consistent with Sean having been shaken violently shortly before his death.
Clark denied being responsible for the death, but was convicted by a jury following a trial at Bristol Crown Court.
Sean's mother, Helen Jeremy, 27, of Kingswood, South Gloucestershire, was acquitted of causing or allowing his death.
Clark, of Warmley, South Gloucestershire, will be sentenced on September 24.
Earlier this month, the court was told Clark admitted being the "main carer" over the three days before the baby's death.
He also said he dealt with the baby hours before his death and didn't check on his son in the morning when he woke up, jurors heard.
Emergency crews were called after the baby's body was discovered.
Medics found injuries on his little body consistent with being "shaken vigorously" before his death and on at least one other occasion, it was said.
Superintendent James Riccio, the Senior Investigating Officer, said: "James Clark is responsible for the most repulsive and hideous of crimes – the murder of a defenceless child.
"All of my team have been truly shocked at the lack of remorse shown by him throughout this investigation and subsequent trial which has taken more than three and a half years to conclude.
"The evidence showed quite clearly Sean was subjected to multiple assaults which had been committed on a number of separate occasions and we fought hard to secure the charges and compile the evidence to put in front of a court.
"As his father, he should have protected him not inflict pain and suffering on him."
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