Dad guilty of shaking 15-week-old baby son to death


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Cody Rhys Williams-Jones died of his injuries when he was 15 weeks old

A father has been found guilty of manslaughter after shaking his 15-week-old baby to death.

Cody Rhys Williams-Jones died in December 2016 – it was later revealed he had suffered 13 broken ribs and a fractured shoulder.

Matthew Jones, 26, of Beaufort, Blaenau Gwent, claimed the injuries were caused when he accidentally dropped him.

A pathologist told Newport Crown Court Cody had so many haemorrhages in his eyes, it was impossible to count them.

Jones told the jury his son fell on to a mattress and bounced 2ft (0.6m) in the air.

During the trial, prosecutor Paul Lewis QC said: “The medical evidence is such that an accidental fall can be excluded.

“Cody’s injuries were as a result of deliberate violence probably in the form of both shaking and impact.”

Jones was found not guilty of murder.



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