Sheffield & South Yorkshire

Barnsley man on baby son murder charge 'frustrated'

A Barnsley man may have killed his baby son out of frustration when he was unable to change his nappy, a court has heard.

Ian Hutchinson, 24, was charged with the murder of his seven-week-old-son, Kieron, earlier this year.

Prosecutor Bryan Cox QC told Sheffield Crown Court that the boy had sustained injuries after being left alone with his father.

He said Kieron suffered a catastrophic brain injury.

The baby's other injuries including bleeding eyes and a skull fracture.

Mr Cox said: "What precisely caused the defendant to inflict such serious injury to Kieron is not entirely clear.

"There must have been substantial violence.

"It may have been something as trivial as a sense of frustration that he'd been alone with Kieron without the wherewithal to change his nappy."

Stopped breathing

Mr Hutchinson told doctors and police that he had started changing his son's nappy after his wife and mother left the house to go shopping but found no baby wipes and so called his wife.

The defendant told police that his son then became upset, coughed, went quiet and then stopped breathing.

Mr Cox said paramedics had been called to the defendant's mother's house in Chapeltown in September last year and Kieron was taken to Sheffield Children's Hospital, but the baby died from his injuries four days later.

The prosecutor said a staff nurse at the hospital heard the defendant tell his wife: "I'm sorry. I'm really sorry."

The court was told how Kieron had been seen by his GP earlier on 3 September for a routine appointment and no concerns had been raised.

The trial continues.

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