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Man admits killing two-month old baby boy

Written by on 05/10/2020

A Barnsley man has admitted killing a two-month-old baby boy but will not face trial for murder.

Anton Shields pleaded guilty to manslaughter a day before his murder trial was due to begin after committing an assault that left the baby fatally injured.

The baby boy died two days after suffering head injuries in the assault in June last year, reports Derbyshire Live.

He was airlifted to hospital from an address in Bamford, Derbyshire, on June 27.

Derbyshire Police said he had been in a critical condition in intensive care before he died on June 29.

The plea of manslaughter was accepted and the murder charge dropped after discussions with the child’s mother, senior prosecutors and officers from Derbyshire Police involved in investigating the little boy’s death.

The victim’s mother appeared for the hearing via video link.

Shields, of Hardwick Crescent, Barnsley, was remanded back into custody by Justice Mr Andrew Baker.

He is next due to appear at the same court to be sentenced on Tuesday, October 13.

Justice Baker said: “Your guilty plea means you accept causing the death of the baby through an act of violence but you did not intend to kill or cause really serious harm.”