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Dad killed baby after she made noise while he played computer game

Mark Sandland killed five-week-old Aimee-Rose Credit: Sussex Police

A father from East Sussex who killed his baby daughter after being frustrated by her screaming as he tried to play a computer game has been jailed for eight years.

Mark Sandland, 28, picked up five-week-old Aimee-Rose and shook her during a sudden loss of temper, prosecutors said.

He claimed he had suffered an epileptic fit and came round to find his daughter underneath him at their flat in Church Road, St Leonards-on-Sea.

Sandland had denied the charge of murder but admitted manslaughter when he appeared at Southwark Crown Court.

After the hearing, Detective Inspector Jon Fanner from Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team said: "I welcome the plea to manslaughter. The judge found there were significant aggravating circumstances and today he has been sentenced to eight years in prison."


Baby born after high speed motorway police chase

Baby Lola and Sgt Simon Goss Credit: Hampshire Police

A Hampshire woman gave birth of the side of the motorway after the police stopped her 100mph dad as he drove her to hospital.

Tiffany Ellmore on the M275 motorway at 10.15pm on Friday evening after the police pursuit.

Four unmarked police vehicles surrounded the family car as the baby's head started to appear, in which Tiffany's dad Colin delivered the baby.

The officers present phoned an ambulance which took mother and baby to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Cosham, Portsmouth.

Tiffany, who has three other children, was 38-weeks pregnant and had started having contractions around 4pm.

Baby Lola Mia Rose weighed a healthy 6lb 4oz and was discharged home on Saturday.

Police said no action would be taken over the M275 drama.


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List of hospitals with cases of baby blood poisoning

Public Health England has released details of the NHS hospitals which have seen cases of septicaemia in their neonatal intensive care units.

  • Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust (3 cases)
  • CUH Addenbrookes (Cambridge University Hospitals) (2 cases)
  • Luton and Dunstable University Hospital (2 cases)
  • Chelsea and Westminster NHS Trust (4 cases)
  • Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation T rust (3 cases)
  • The Whittington Hospital (1 case)

Investigation into baby blood poisoning

Health chiefs have ordered an investigation after a baby died from blood poisoning.

It is thought the baby contracted an infection after being administered a contaminated drip in hospital.

Public Health England (PHE) and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has confirmed they are investigating 15 cases of blood poisoning (septicaemia) caused by a bacteria known as Bacillus cereus_.

The affected babies were in neonatal intensive care units at a small number of hospitals in England, including Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust where there were three cases.

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