A mother-of-nine and her partner have been found guilty of causing or allowing the death of her baby son, who was dead with traces of cocaine and speed in his blood.
Four-month-old Eli Cox suffered catastrophic brain injuries consistent with being hit in the head and shaken, a court was told.
A post mortem also found he had suffered at least 28 broken bones over a 10-week period of sustained abuse while he also had two small bruises on the back of his head.
Katherine Cox, 33, and Danny Shepherd, 25, both denied involvement in his death but were convicted at Maidstone Crown Court following a trial.
Eli died on April 27, 2016, two weeks after being ‘taken ill’ at the family home in Minster, Kent.
The jury heard how an ambulance was called to the property at about 5.30pm on Wednesday, April 13, when Eli stopped breathing.
He was taken to Medway Maritime Hospital where a pediatrician noticed a number of bruises that were not believed to have been accidental.
It was reported to Kent Police, with detectives from the serious crime directorate launching an investigation.
Medical experts found Eli’s brain injury would have occurred almost immediately before he collapsed, while they said the bone fractures would have been inflicted in at least five separate incidents since February 2016.
‘During the course of the trial and in light of the evidence given, it became possible to say that Danny Shepherd was the perpetrator of the injuries to Eli, including the assault which led to his death.
‘The fatal injury and older fractures identified by one of the medical experts showed very significant similarities.
‘This considerably undermined the defense case that they were caused by another person.’
Senior investigating officer Detective Inspector Ivan Beasley added: ‘The death of a child is never anything less than tragic but the circumstances behind Eli Cox’s passing are especially upsetting for those of us who share a compassion for others.
‘None of us will ever understand what compels people to cause harm to children, and it is, unfortunately, true to say that Eli suffered more than most and was robbed of his life before it had barely begun.
‘Katherine Cox and Danny Shepherd maintained their innocence throughout but the jury saw through their lies.
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