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Father sentenced after death of baby son

A father has been sentenced after the death of his six-week-old son.

Shakeel Hussain from Bolton threw baby Mohammed Ismail in the air but failed to catch him while he was playing with him on January 4, 2012.

He landed on his head and died three days later in hospital.

Today, Hussain was handed a 16-month suspended sentence after pleading guilty to manslaughter at an earlier hearing.

Hussain said he was playing with Ismail, lifting him up and down and said he would momentarily release his grip before catching him again.

He did this twice but on the third occasion Hussain accidentally failed to catch Ismail who slipped through his grip onto the floor.

Hussain’s wife heard a cry and found him holding Ismail in his arms.

She ran into the street and called for help from their neighbour who dialled 999.

This is a tragic set of circumstances whereby a family has been torn apart and a much loved son, brother and Grandson has been killed.

I would like to express my deepest sympathy to them and hope that they can find some way to move on with their lives.

– Detective Chief Inspector Dave Warren, Greater Manchester Police