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Dad guilty of shaking 15-week-old baby son to death

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Cody Rhys Williams-Jones died of his injuries when he was 15 weeks old

A father has been found guilty of manslaughter after shaking his 15-week-old baby to death.

Cody Rhys Williams-Jones died in December 2016 – it was later revealed he had suffered 13 broken ribs and a fractured shoulder.

Matthew Jones, 26, of Beaufort, Blaenau Gwent, claimed the injuries were caused when he accidentally dropped him.

A pathologist told Newport Crown Court Cody had so many haemorrhages in his eyes, it was impossible to count them.

Jones told the jury his son fell on to a mattress and bounced 2ft (0.6m) in the air.

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Cody’s mother Paula Williams was not present when he suffered the fatal injuries

During the trial, prosecutor Paul Lewis QC said: “The medical evidence is such that an accidental fall can be excluded.

“Cody’s injuries were as a result of deliberate violence probably in the form of both shaking and impact.”

Surgeon Daniel Morrison told jurors Cody’s injuries were “the consequence of an impact and or shaking type of head injury”.

Dr Katharine Halliday, a consultant paediatric radiologist, said the baby’s fractured shoulder was usually seen in the context of child abuse.

Jones – who was cleared of murder – said he was always “very gentle” with Cody and loved spending “father and son time” with him.

He sobbed in the dock when the verdict was read out.

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