November 2016

Nottingham dad jailed for killing baby son


A father who was convicted of killing his nine-week-old baby son has been jailed for 12 years.

Eden Robinson’s body was found in the bedroom of Easton Robinson’s flat in Nottingham on 8 November 2014.

Nottingham Crown Court heard Eden’s body showed 23 injuries including brain damage, but Robinson said the child had suffered some kind of fit.

Robinson, of Wasnidge Walk, St Ann’s, was found not guilty of murder but convicted of manslaughter on Thursday.

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During Robinson’s trial, the jury was told paramedics were called to the flat but found Eden unresponsive.

His heart was restarted in hospital but his injuries were found to be too severe and his life support was switched off three days later.

A post-mortem examination found the cause of Eden’s death was a head injury which had been deliberately inflicted.

Investigations also revealed that the fatal assault was part of a wider pattern of abuse, with a number of broken bones sustained in the weeks before his death.

Examinations showed bleeding on the baby’s brain consistent with a traumatic head injury, which experts say was from a result of shaking

Eden’s mother, Clare Mellors, said in a victim impact statement she watched Eden “pass away” in her arms.

She said she felt “physically sick” that she was “fooled” by Robinson and despised him for taking away her baby.

Sentencing him, Mrs Justice Cox said: “Eden was deliberately and violently shaken by you in anger.

“There was, in this case, a gross breach of trust, the baby was totally dependent on you. You have denied any involvement in Eden’s death from the very beginning.

“There is only one person responsible for Eden’s death and that is you.”

Det Ch Insp Hayley Williams, from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit, said Eden’s death was a “tragedy”.

She said: “Some of the evidence from the doctor said the amount of force used to cause Eden’s horrific injuries was so severe it would only be seen in accidental settings, such as a car crash, fall down a flight of stairs or a crush injury.”