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Baby murderer jailed for minimum of 15 years

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: October 23, 2013

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A man has been jailed for life after murdering his partner’s baby girl.

Fourteen-month-old Amelia Bowmar died of brain injuries on July 31 last year, three days after being rushed to hospital from her home in Sandringham Drive, Sutton-on-Sea.

Darryl Elliott, 30, of Stapleford, 'snapped' whilst looking after Amelia and shook her, resulting in a "very, very sick, very damaged brain".

Elliott initially said Amelia fell from the sofa whilst he was out of the room and later said she had slipped and banged her head whilst being lifted from the bath.

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Prosecuting, Yvonne Coen QC, told the jury at Nottingham Crown Court that Elliott claimed that upon finding Amelia unconscious he had panicked and shook her five or six times in an attempt to revive her and then smacked her on the back but that this account also did not fit the facts.

Amelia was initially taken to hospital in Grimsby, then transferred to Sheffield Children's Hospital, where she died.

Senior Investigating Officer, DI Helen Evans, said: "This was a harrowing case to investigate.

“It is difficult to comprehend why someone would inflict such serious violence on a defenceless child but when that person is loved by the mother and the child, the abuse of trust makes the case all the more shocking.”

Elliott was told he must serve a minimum of 15 years.

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  • Blue_Mooner  |  October 24 2013, 9:00AM

    csrt agreed, life sentences should mean life (in jail) for those who have committed such heinous acts - all too often the justice system fails the victims who are the ones who have paid with their own life sentence. I just hope this individual gets some rough justice in jail.

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  • csrt_2006  |  October 23 2013, 7:32PM

    I doubt I am the only one who continually sees "jailed for life" in media headlines only to read that "life" means, in this instance, 15 years or similar. He will be out before he is 46 years old and could live another 30-40 years in freedom, unfettered by the fact he has murdered a child. If 15 years in prison for murdering a 1 year old little girl is a suitable punishment (and, in this instance, punishment is what the aim of the sentence is) then there is something fundamentally wrong with our justice system. My heart goes out to the family of this little girl.

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