Father who killed his baby son jailed for life

IAN HUTCHINSON
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A DAD has been jailed for life for murdering his seven-week-old son in a violent attack while looking after him for just 20 minutes.

Ian Hutchinson, aged 25, killed Kieron Hutchinson by violently shaking him and striking his head with a hard object when the baby was left in his sole care.

Sheffield Crown Court heard the attack could have been sparked by Hutchinson becoming frustrated at not being able to change his son’s nappy.

Judge Mr Justice MacDuff said the baby suffered ‘catastrophic’ injuries which included a broken skull, severe brain damage and bleeding behind both eyes.

He ordered that Hutchinson should spend at least 12 years behind bars.

Kieron died in hospital four days after being attacked at Hutchinson’s mother Georgina’s home in Station Road, Chapeltown on September 3 last year.

Georgina and Hutchinson’s wife Rebecca were out shopping at a local supermarket.

A GP who examined Kieron hours before the murder reported no concerns, but a post-mortem found damaged ribs, indicating the infant had been assaulted before.

Giving evidence, Hutchinson claimed Kieron suddenly started to cry loudly before collapsing in his arms, and admitted ‘patting’ the baby’s back to help him breathe.

“I would never in a million years want to inflict pain on a child,” said Hutchinson, a qualified mechanic who worked for a bus company as a spray painter and body repairer.

Mr Justice MacDuff said he was convicted on ‘overwhelming evidence’. The jury found the child killer guilty of murder by unanimous verdict.

“For the short time he was with you, he was wholly and solely reliant upon you,” the judge said.

“It is clear to me that because he cried or required changing, or perhaps because of frustration felt by you at having no baby wipes readily to hand, you lost control of yourself and so violently brought his head into contact with some hard surface that you caused him the catastrophic injuries from which he died.

“You also shook him violently causing further injury, which made its contribution to his death.” But the judge said Hutchinson didn’t intend to kill, and that he accepted the attack happened in a ‘spur of the moment loss of temper’.

“Only you know exactly what went on inside that house,” he added. “You are not an evil person.”

After serving his minimum term, the murderer will leave jail when the Parole Board considers it safe to release him. Hutchinson, of Goldthorpe, Barnsley, will then spend the rest of his life on licence.