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‘Cruel, brutal and vicious’: father from Bedford jailed for killing baby daughter

Kevin Eves, 37, has been jailed for life for killing his daughter Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Former Bedfordshire resident Kevin Eves has been jailed for life for killing his eight-week-old daughter.

An ambulance was called to a residence in Wixams, Bedford on 12 June 2018 at around 6.05am to reports of an unresponsive baby girl who wasn't breathing. Eves lived at the address, at the time, with partner Cherinea Denton and their daughter Harper Denton.

Baby Harper was taken to Bedford Hospital and despite attempts to resuscitate her, she was sadly pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

Three days later, examination results showed that Harper had a number of bone fractures to her ribs, arms, legs and feet.

Thirty-seven-year-old Kevin Eves had inflicted multiple injuries on Harper before smothering her at the family home.

Eves had denied murdering his baby daughter but was found guilty by a jury on Tuesday 5 November at the Central Criminal Court in London.

Sentencing him to a minimum term of twenty years, Mrs Justice O'Farrell said the "protracted and escalating violent attacks" Eves carried out were "cruel, brutal and vicious".

Eves had previously been jailed for nine years for causing grievous bodily harm and assaulting a little boy, but kept these details from his new partner, Ms Denton.

"My beautiful girl had her future stolen from her by somebody that she should have been able to trust and count on for the whole duration of her life - a life that should have lasted longer than eight weeks."

– Cherinea Denton

Detective Inspector Dani Bailey from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit said:

“This has been a very sad and emotive case; one of the worst I have had to deal with. This was clearly heart-breaking for all involved, especially Harper’s mother and the huge impact the loss of her baby daughter has had on her.

Baby Harper suffered immensely in her short life at the hands of the person who should have been protecting and looking after her. The injuries she sustained were horrific and the fact they were deliberate is even more shocking."

– Detective Inspector Dani Bailey