Norfolk

Baylee Varley death: Father guilty of killing son

Norwich Crown Court
Image caption Norwich Crown Court heard how a CT scan revealed Baylee had suffered bleeding and swelling in his brain

A father has been found guilty of the manslaughter of his son, who died six years after he suffered a brain injury as a four-week-old baby.

Kevin Toye, 29, of St Nicholas Road, Great Yarmouth, was convicted of killing Baylee Varley, who died in 2014. He will be sentenced on Friday.

Norwich Crown Court was told the boy died after his father inflicted a head injury on him in 2008.

The court heard Baylee had suffered brain, retinal and rib injuries.

Mr Justice Spencer warned Toye he faced a prison sentence.

The court heard earlier that consultant paediatrician Dr John Chapman treated Baylee when he was admitted to James Paget Hospital, Gorleston, on 23 February 2008.

'Catastrophic injuries'

Dr Chapman had been told by the parents that Baylee had been vomiting and was hot and sweaty through the night.

The consultant said Baylee was treated immediately for possible infections, but a CT scan showed bleeding and swelling in his brain and it was "possible Baylee had been shaken".

An examination of his eyes also showed blood inside and X-rays later revealed broken ribs.

Norfolk Police said Baylee had been in the sole care of his father before being taken to hospital.

A police investigation carried out at this time was discontinued.

Following his death in March of 2014, a Home Office post-mortem examination was carried out giving the cause of death as "bronchopneumonia as a consequence of long term complications of head injury" and police reopened the case.

Det Con Mike Proctor said: "Baylee's early death was sadly inevitable given the extent of the catastrophic injuries he suffered when only a few weeks old.

"Our intention throughout this investigation has been to give Baylee a voice and to seek appropriate justice for him."

Toye will be sentenced on Thursday.

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