A dad who killed his 11-month-old son – and tried to blame the tot’s fatal injuries on the family dog – is facing life in jail.
Part-time gardener Michael Beaumont, aged 29, was found guilty, after a six-week trial at Sheffield Crown Court, of murdering his little son Kadan.
He claimed the boy had been ‘flipped over’ by six-month-old Staffordshire terrier Mia, before banging his head on garden steps at their home on Chapel Street, Hoyland Common, Barnsley.
Beaumont told a jury: “I saw Mia bang into him. It was really fast.
“I just remember Mia hitting the back of him, and him hitting his head on the step. He landed on the back of his head.
“Kadan went over himself and did a back somersault and landed on his back on the concrete just below the bottom step.”
A neighbour who saw Kadan soon afterwards said he ‘looked as though he had been beaten up by Mike Tyson’.
But no medical attention was sought for Kadan until an ambulance was called the next day.
Kadan’s mother was cleared of allowing the death of a child, but found guilty of cruelty to a person under 16.
Kadan died in Sheffield Children’s Hospital from massive head injuries.
Doctors found he had two fractures of the skull and bleeding in his eyes and on the surface of the brain, as well as multiple bruises to his head and face.
The couple are likely to be sentenced by Mr Justice Globe today.
Mr Justice Globe told Beaumont before remanding him in custody: “There is only one sentence which is available to me. It has to be a sentence of life imprisonment. The question will be directed to what the minimum term will be.”
He granted Barnes bail overnight and told her: “It is not an indication of what the likely sentence will be. All possibilities in relation to sentence remain open.”
It was revealed afterwards the Barnsley Safeguarding Children Board is carrying out an inquiry into the case.