November 2017: Murdered in prison

September 2017

Violent father who punched his two-day-old baby girl to death because she wouldn’t stop crying is jailed for life

A father who punched his two-day-old baby daughter to death because she ‘would not stop crying’ has been jailed for life. 

Liam Deane, 22, lost his temper with newborn Luna and subjected her to an horrific assault at their home in Wakefield, West Yorkshire.

The baby had been left in her father’s arms while her mother, Karen Bissett, 21, had gone to get some sleep. 

Leeds Crown Court was told Deane flipped during the night when Luna continued to cry.

Michael Smith, prosecuting, said the injuries found on the baby included injuries to her brain, body and face.

Mr Smith said: ‘He said he was responsible for all of the injuries that she had suffered and he said that Luna had not settled down and he lost control.’

Luna was born on July 9 this year and on the day after the attack Deane told Ms Bissett the baby had fallen. 

An ambulance was called after Deane had spoken to his mother, saying the baby was having difficulty breathing and had fallen and hit her head.

Paramedics arrived and noticed her face was badly swollen and bruised.

Luna was taken to Leeds General Infirmary where she died in intensive care on July 14, three days after the attack.

A doctor concluded Luna had died after suffering head trauma, leaving her with ‘catastrophic brain injuries.’

Deane broke down when interviewed by police and admitted he was responsible for attacking the baby.

He admitted punching Luna to the face, squeezing her body and arms and shaking her.

Richard Wright, QC, representing Deane, said there was no explanation for his client’s behaviour.

Mr Wright read a victim statement to the court on behalf of Luna’s mother.

It stated: ‘Seeing Luna on life support in the hospital will last with me forever.

‘I can’t describe how that felt. I would not wish it upon my worst enemy.’

Deane was given a life sentence and was told he must serve a minimum of ten years in prison.