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Man found guilty of murdering toddler

Harry House was murdered by his mother's partner last year. Photo: ITV News

A man from Dorset has been found guilty of murdering his partner's two-year-old son.

Joseph Eke attacked Harry House at the family home in Broadmayne in May last year while the toddler's mother was out.

Flowers left at the home where Harry was killed. Credit: ITV News

He denied murder but was today found guilty at Winchester Crown Court where loud sobs could be heard from the public gallery when the jury returned their verdict.

The home where Harry House was killed. Credit: ITV News

Joseph Eke subjected two-and-a-half-year-old Harry House to a violent episode that resulted in his death.

This was an extremely difficult and challenging investigation and I would like to praise all professionals that were involved. Above all, my heartfelt thoughts are with Harry’s family. It has been an absolutely terrible time for them and still continues to be so, with the loss of little Harry from their lives.

I can only hope that today’s verdict is of some comfort to them. They continue to be supported by our specially-trained officers.

– Detective Chief Inspector Sarah Derbyshire, Dorset Police's Major Crime Investigation Team
Joseph Eke has been found guilty of murder. Credit: Dorset Police

At 9.44am on Thursday 26 May 2016, Harry's mother called 999 because he had become unresponsive.

Paramedics attended the home on Main Street and Harry was taken to Dorset County Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

A forensic post-mortem concluded that the cause of Harry's death was a blunt force injury to the abdomen. It also indicated that the toddler had suffered at least three traumatic events in the week before his death, which had resulted in fractured ribs.

Harry House was two years old when he died. Credit: Dorset Police