Friday, November 29, 2019

Dad who murdered newborn son by shaking him so hard he broke 28 bones jailed for life

A dad who murdered his six-week-old son by shaking him so hard he suffered 28 broken bones has been jailed for life.

Lee Vernon inflicted fatal head injuries on little McKenzie Ellis in Broadstairs, Kent, and the baby died at a London hospital in July last year.

Kent Police said they were alerted on July 23, 2018, when Vernon called the emergency services to report his son was unconscious and he had no idea why.

When asked if the child had hurt himself in any way he replied "no, not really", police said.

Vernon, 21 and of no fixed address, was found guilty of murder and two counts of grievous bodily harm following a trial at Maidstone Crown Court last month.

Today, Vernon was sentenced to life in prison at the same court and will serve a minimum term of 16 years.