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Dad "snapped" and killed crying son

Nathan Pick, 38, from Chaddesden in Derby is starting a seven year jail sentence after lashing out at his disabled son and killing him. The baby, who was born with a heart defect and had to be tube-fed, suffered brain injuries and died in hospital as a result of the blow to the back of the head.

Sentencing Pick, Lord Justice Julian Flaux said he accepted Pick had not set out to kill or seriously harm his child but that his son could not be blamed for crying. He also accepted Pick, who has a 12-year-old son, was not a violent or bad man.

"The stress caused you to snap. You did not intend to kill him or cause him serious injuries but you now accept that blow was an unlawful act."

– Lord Justice Flaux

Tragically the baby was the second child his mother had lost in three years.

Her daughter Zoe died of sudden infant death syndrome in 2009 when she was seven weeks old. There were no suspicious circumstances.

Dad jailed for killing baby son in Derby

Nathan Pick admitted manslaughter Credit: Derbyshire Police

A father has been jailed for seven years after he admitted killing his seven-month old baby.

Nathan Pick, 38, was arrested after James-Lee was admitted to Royal Derby Hospital on May 8th 2012 with a serious head injury.

Seven month old James Lee Pick Credit: Derbyshire Police

The baby died in hospital. Pick, of Waterford Drive, Chaddesden has been sentenced to seven years in prison after offering a guilty plea to manslaughter.

Detective Chief Inspector Phil Cox said: “This is a tragic case. I hope today’s sentence allows James-Lee’s family to move forward with the grieving process."

“I would urge anyone struggling to cope with being a new parent to access the help and support available to them so tragedies like this can be avoided in the future.”