A father has been jailed for 13 years over the death of his three-month-old daughter, who died from catastrophic injuries while in his care.
Anthony Miley, 33, was convicted of manslaughter at Chester Crown Court.
He was unable to explain how baby Ivi died after suffering severe head injuries, brain bleeds and fractured ribs in July 2020.
Ivi's mother Stephanie Shore, 33, was found not guilty of murder and allowing Ivi's death.
The court heard that Ivi had woken up at around 3.20am on 22 July, and that Miley went downstairs with the baby to feed her.
He told the court that he fell asleep for an unknown amount of time before waking up and trying to feed her.
He said that after two or three mouthfuls of her milk, Ivi turned “floppy” so he went to get help from his partner Shore.
She stated that she had heard Ivi cry but not in a way that caused her any concern and went back to sleep.
Shore said that shortly before 5am Miley woke her to tell her something was wrong with Ivi so she went to check on her and dialled 999 after finding Ivi unresponsive.
Emergency services rushed to the scene and the paramedics deemed Ivi’s condition so serious so she was immediately taken to Macclesfield General Hospital.
There it was revealed that the baby sustained bleeding on both sides of the brain and she was transferred to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and placed in intensive care.
Further tests revealed a fracture to the back of the head with a serious injury to the brain, and x-rays also revealed fractures old and new to the ribs on both sides of her body.
Despite the best efforts of medical staff, Ivi passed away on 23 July, 2020.
Neither parent could explain how their daughter sustained such severe injuries and both were subsequently arrested and charged with murder and causing or allowing the death of a child.
Detective inspector Kate Tomlinson said: “This is a tragic case involving a defenceless baby who had been subject to a catalogue of horrendous injuries in her short life which must have been lived predominantly in pain.
“Evidence from the medical experts in this case showed that Ivi had sustained a total of 53 rib fractures – all of which had occurred within four separate time frames and three closely positioned skull fractures which had been caused less than two days before her death.
“To this day Miley continues to deny any knowledge of how Ivi sustained these injuries and has shown no remorse which is totally unforgivable.
“This case has been a particularly difficult one for all involved and I would like to thank the officers who assisted in this case and for helping to provide justice to little Ivi.”
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