Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Baby Suffered 'Sadistic' Attack at Hands of Dad

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Baby Suffered 'Sadistic' Attack at Hands of Dad

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Craig Dawick has been sentenced to life in prison for murdering his baby son Leyton AN EVIL young father who brutally murdered his tiny baby son because he was crying too much is today beginning a life sentence after a judge branded him 'sadistic.' .

Craig Dawick had 'snapped' and deliberately inflicted Leyton's horrific injuries because the upset little boy, who was teething, made him angry.

Dawick, 25, of Rochdale, lied to Manchester Crown Court saying that eightmonth-old Leyton had accidentally fallen off a couch when he moved the duvet he was sleeping on.

But one expert in trauma injuries said they were among the worst he had ever seen in more than 300 child injury cases and normally associated with high-speed car crashes.

The defenceless baby sustained a series of injuries, including what experts think were stamps and kicks to his head and groin.

It's comprehend father could stamp on Judge Sir The jury saw through Dawick's lies and found him guilty of murder after retiring for just two-and-a-half hours. Judge Sir John Royce immediately sentenced him to life imprisonment with a minimum of 21 years. More than one juror covered their mouths with their hands when the catalogue of injuries to the child were outlined as the case against Dawick was opened at the start of his trial.

difficult to how any kick or his child John Royce The jury also found Leyton's mother, Chantelle Flynn, 25, guilty of causing or allowing the death of her baby and perverting the course of justice. Flynn burst into tears when the verdict was returned, while Dawick remained emotionless. Flynn will be sentenced at a later date.

The court heard Dawick was a violent man and a risk to her child but instead she covered up for him, even lying to medics about what happened as they battled to save Leyton's life in hospital.

The pair, of Durham Street, had a 'tempestuous' on-off relationship, but Flynn always forgave him and begged him to return after each break-up, the trial heard.

Neil Usher, prosecuting, told the jury of seven women and five men Flynn had gone out and left Dawick alone with Leyton on the morning of September 6 last year, even though he had been violent to her in the past and she knew about his temper and the 'significant risk' he posed. …

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