Father jailed for baby killing

The father of a 16 week old girl has been sentenced to six years for killing her. Paris Vince-Stephens was shaken at her family's home in North Bristol in January.

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Statement: Bristol Safeguarding Children

This is an extremely sad case where there has been the tragic loss of a young life. If nothing else I hope that today’s verdict offers some small measure of closure.

An independent Serious Case Review by the Bristol Safeguarding Children Board is being completed, carefully examining the role of public bodies involved in the case to see if there are any lessons to be learnt.

The complexity of this case will become apparent once that review is published early next year following the conclusion of all relevant legal processes. At that point we will be able to comment further on its findings

– Tony Melville, Chair of the Bristol Safeguarding Children Board:

Mother cleared of all charges

A Bristol father is facing jail after being convicted of killing his 16-week-old daughter.

Paris Vince-Stephens was shaken to death by her father, William Stephens, at her home in Bristol in January this year.

Paris's mother, 19 year old Danah Vince, was acquitted of causing or allowing the death of a child.

Stephens, who showed no emotion when the jury foreman returned the guilty verdict, will be sentenced tomorrow by Mr Justice Teare.

baby Paris Vince-Stephens was shaken to death by her father in Bristol
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