Father jailed for life for shaking baby to death

A man who shook his baby daughter to death has been jailed for life.

Tomas Driukas, 26, called an ambulance to his home in Perry Barr, Birmingham, after reporting that his four-month-old Deimante Driukaite had breathing difficulties.

Deimante, who was born three months prematurely, was admitted to hospital in the early hours of April 1 2015 but died a few hours later.

West Midlands Police said an investigation revealed the baby died as a result of a significant brain trauma consistent with being shaken with force.

An ambulance was called to Driukas’s home in Crantock Road, Perry Barr in the early hours of April 1st, 2015. Credit: BPM

She also had bruising to her face and body and had suffered several fractured ribs.

Driukas denied inflicting the injuries but was found guilty of murder atBirmingham Crown Court and was told he will serve at least 21 years in prison.

Detective Sergeant Nick Barnes, from West Midlands Police Homicide Team, said: