Father convicted of shaking murder of 13-day-old baby
A man has been found guilty of murdering his 13-day-old son by shaking him to death.
Daniel Sanzone was convicted of causing "catastrophic and irreversible" brain damage to Joshua Millinson after inflicting what medical experts said were some of the worst injuries they had seen.
The baby was taken to hospital from his home in Whitburn Close, Wolverhampton, on October 24 last year but died in hospital four weeks later.
After the attack, Sanzone, 23, immediately lied about what happened, telling the child's mother, Zoe Howell, that a thud she had heard while out of the room had been caused when he "dropped the remote".
Throughout the three-week trial at Birmingham Crown Court, Sanzone sat in the dock with his head down and declined to give evidence to the jury.
Howell, who had denied causing or allowing the death of her only child, was cleared of any wrongdoing.
She told police after the attack: "I can't believe the dad has done it."
The 19-year-old, who had clutched a teddy as she sat in the dock throughout the trial, often in tears, had told the court her partner could "sometimes be a bit rough", but that she had never seen him hurt the boy.
Jurors heard, during the opening of the case by the Crown's QC Sally Howes, that medical experts had concluded Joshua "sustained catastrophic and irreversible damage to the brain and brain stem".
Ms Howes added: "It appears that there is little challenge to the medical, pathological and expert evidence that Joshua died as a result of deliberately inflicted injuries, causing a catastrophic collapse on October 24 and his death on November 21."
Post-mortem examinations also revealed a catalogue of older fractures to the baby's lower legs and rib cage, which doctors said were consistent with "twisting", "squeezing" and "being gripped forcibly".
Jurors were told that Joshua was a normal healthy baby when he was born on October 11 2015 at 39 weeks.
During a routine medical exam four days later, a doctor described the infant as "active and alert".
Sanzone, who was also found guilty of child cruelty, will be sentenced at 2pm on Thursday.
Adjourning the case, Mr Justice Jay told the court: "I am not proceeding immediately to sentence. In a case of this sort I need to reflect coolly and dispassionately."
Jurors deliberated over three days before acquitting Howell of causing or allowing death, and unanimously convicting Sanzone of both counts which he had denied.