A man who inflicted horrific injuries on a one-year-old girl before trying to blame the child's mother for her death has been given a life sentence.
Ryan Coleman, who's 23, was found guilty of a deliberate and violent assault on little Evelyn in a house in Kettering on April 26, 2018.
She died in hospital three days later after suffering injuries consistent with a car crash.
The jury of seven men and five women returned their unanimous verdict in just over four hours after a three week trial at Birmingham Crown Court.
Coleman, of no fixed address, will serve life with a minimum of 17 years.
Coleman, who stormed out of court on a number of occasions during the trial, including leaving the stand in the middle of being cross-examined, failed to call 999 to get Evelyn help. Instead it was Evelyn’s mother, called home from work by Coleman, who called emergency services.
Despite the overwhelming evidence against him, Coleman continued to claim that Evelyn had become unresponsive due to falling off a 36cm-high toddler bed. He then tried to blame Evelyn’s mother, who was at work at the time of the assault, by claiming that she had caused the injuries trying to rouse the little girl through resuscitation.
Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Inspector Stuart Hitchon, said Coleman had put also put her grieving mother through the trauma of the trial.
On sentencing, at which Ryan Coleman decided not to be present, Judge - Mrs Justice Sara Cockerill DBE, described Coleman’s “serious and violent assault on a defenceless baby”, how “having committed this terrible act” Coleman “failed to call emergency services”, how his story was “utterly lacking in credibility” and that he “showed no remorse for anyone but himself”.
In a statement, Evelyn's mum spoke of her heartbreak at losing her daughter.