Teddie Mitchell died after suffering a ‘catalogue’ of injuries at the hands of Kane Mitchell (Picture: SWNS/PA)
A man with a ‘violent disposition’ has been found guilty of murdering his partner’s baby son.
Kane Mitchell, 31, inflicted a ‘catalogue’ of injuries on Teddie Mitchell during a ‘violent assault’ at his flat in St Neots in Cambridgeshire, on November 1, 2019.
Prosecutor Karim Khalil QC told jurors at Cambridge Crown Court Teddie ‘received fatal injuries as a result of being gripped hard, shaken vigorously and having his head struck against a hard surface’.
He said: ‘In the course of that he suffered rib fractures, fractures to his collar bone and a fractured skull.
‘The forces involved gave him serious brain injuries from which he died.’
Mitchell, who lived with Teddie’s mother Lucci Smith, was convicted of murder on Thursday following a trial lasting more than a month.
He was also found guilty of causing or allowing serious harm to a child.
Teddie died a week after he was attacked (Picture: PA)
Teddie died in hospital 10 days after the attack, on November 11, 2019, aged 12 weeks old.
Mr Khalil said that Smith left Teddie alone with Mitchell for around a quarter of an hour when she went on the school run on the morning of November 1.
She later told police that when she returned home at around 9am Teddie was not taking his milk, the prosecutor added.
He said that Smith failed to act ‘once it was obvious that Teddie was very seriously ill’.
Jurors found her guilty of cruelty to a child, for not calling an ambulance sooner.
Mitchell was found guilty of murder and Smith was found guilty of child cruelty (Picture: PA)
Teddie was just 12 weeks old when he died (Picture: PA)
Smith had made a series of calls to her local surgery and said Teddie made a ‘high-pitched squeal when he moved’ when she took him from his cot, Mr Khalil said.
She was asked to bring Teddie into the surgery and was expected to arrive by 2pm, but said she could not take him in until she had done the afternoon school run, he said.
Mr Khalil said she was urged to ‘call an ambulance immediately’ in a call at around 2.30pm, but Smith did not dial 999 until just after 3pm.
Smith was cleared of causing or allowing the death of a child, and of causing or allowing serious harm to a child.
The two defendants are due to be sentenced on February 5.
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