Uncle convicted of killing baby nephew with 'catastrophic' head injury

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A 31-year-old man has been convicted of killing his three-month-old nephew Arlo Breslin.

James Scott, has been found guilty of the alternative charge of manslaughter and not guilty of murder by jurors at Warwick Crown Court.

Scott was looking after Arlo on the morning of 29 June, 2018, when the fatal head injury happened.

Arlo been described by his parents described as their "miracle baby" who they loved "very, very much". 

Scott’s sister was taking her three older children to school and left her son Arlo in the care of her brother when she left Arlo.

A post-mortem found that Arlo had died of a catastrophic head injury, caused by non-accidental shaking.

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Paramedics said the baby was found not moving and an ambulance was called. 

Arlo was rushed to hospital in cardiac arrest but despite the best efforts of the medical team sadly died two days later at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Scott denied shaking his nephew or causing any injuries to him.

Remembering Arlo, his family said: “Our special baby boy, our warrior. Arlo is our miracle baby who we love very, very much. We will never ever forget you sweetheart. Sleep tight our angel. Keep shining down on us all.”

Speaking about the case, Detective Inspector Michelle Allen said: "Little Arlo was a healthy and happy baby who was dearly loved by his parents and family who have been left utterly heartbroken from this tragedy.

"This has been a tremendously sad case for us to investigate and has had a profound effect on the family. 

"No parent ever expects to lose a child, particularly not at the hands of another person especially when they are a trusted family member. 

"I hope that the verdict provides them with some comfort and allows them to start coming to terms with their loss, our thoughts remain with them."

Scott is due to be sentenced on Monday.