Dad is found guilty in daughter’s death trial

Lee Davison.
Lee Davison.
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A dad has been found guilty of inflicting fatal injuries on his seven-week-old daughter.

The jury took less than two hours to convict Lee Davison, 29, on the charge of causing or allowing his baby daughter Krystal’s death.

The baby’s mother, Jessica Hopkinson, 20, was found not guilty of the same charge following the four-week re-trial at Leeds Crown Court.

Davison, of Ashleigh Avenue, Pontefract, remained impassive in the dock as the unanimous verdict was announced to the court.

He was remanded in custody and will be sentenced 
next month. Davison’s barrister, Tony Kelbrick, told the court: “The inevitability of the 
sentence is understood by the defendant.”

Hopkinson sobbed as she was cleared and hugged tearful relatives after she was told she was free to go following the verdicts.

Davison faces a lengthy prison sentence for subjecting baby Krystal to a catastrophic catalogue of injuries, including brain damage, bleeding behind the eyes, and fractures to her ribs and legs.

A doctor told the trial that her injuries were consistent with “vigorous shaking” and “substantial force” in the days before she died.

Dr Daniel du Plessis, a consultant neuropathologist, described how Krystal was the victim of three “episodes” of trauma during her short life.

He said there was evidence of bleeding on both sides of the brain, ranging from two to three weeks old and 48 hours before death which indicated “severe shaking”, tears in the brain, and a further “fatal head injury” inflicted 24 hours before she was admitted to hospital.

Miss Davison called an ambulance on the morning of April 12 last year reporting that Krystal was gasping for breath.

Krystal was taken to hospital, where she died the following day.

Tony Burdin, chief executive of Sheffield Mutual Friendly Society

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