Shaken baby guilty verdict

A Cornish man has been found guilty of murdering his baby son by violently shaking him. Shane Hawkins, 25, had denied shaking eleven month old Kaydon before throwing him down, causing bleeding and swelling to his brain and eyes.

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Police statement after man found guilty of shaking baby

Shane Hawkins has today been found guilty of murdering his baby son Kaydon in Bodmin in December 2010.

Devon and Cornwall Police have issued the following statement following the verdict:

This was a violent act committed against a defenceless 10-month-old baby who sustained fatal head injuries at the hands of the person who was there to care for him.

In the subsequent investigation, Kaydon was also found to have suffered other injuries during his short life inflicted by his father.

This was a complex and protracted investigation which was handled sensitively by officers from our Child Abuse Investigation Teams, supported by the Major Crime Team.

– Senior Investigating Officer, DI Jackie Swift

Father convicted of murdering his 11-month-old son

Shane Hawkins will be sentenced tomorrow for the murder of his baby son Credit: South West News

A 25-year-old man from Bodmin has been found guilty of murdering his baby. 11-month-old Kaydon was admitted to the Royal Cornwall Hospital with serious injuries in December 2010 and later died.

Shane Hawkins had denied shaking eleven month old Kaydon before throwing him down, causing bleeding and swelling to his brain and eyes but he was convicted at Truro Crown Court today. He'll be sentenced tomorrow.


Father says baby "slipped from his grasp" and knocked head

A paramedic who was first to respond to the 999 call has told the court that Shane Hawkins told him the child had been feeling unwell all week and had fallen.

Shane told a doctor who came to help the ambulance crew that he was cradling Kaydon in his arms and when he leant forward, the baby slipped from his grasp and knocked his head on the side of his cot before hitting the floor. Mr Hawkins denies the charges.

The trial at Truro Crown Court continues on Monday.

Upstairs neighbour heard a 'loud bang' - like something hitting a wall

A jury has heard how a couple living above Shane Hawkins heard rowing on the morning of the alleged incident. Kelly Gabriel, who lived in the flat above him on the Kingsman Estate in Bodmin, said she heard Shane and his girlfriend rowing in the morning.

Her partner Colin Oliver said later that morning, he heard Shane raise his voice several times and heard what he thought was the sounds of objects being thrown around.

He said he then heard a much louder bang, which sounded like something with a bit of weight hitting a wall. Then he said it all went quiet, and he saw an ambulance arrive 20 minutes later. Mr Hawkins denies murder.

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