Cornwall

Shane Hawkins guilty of 11-month-old son's murder

A man has been found guilty of murdering his 11-month-old son.

Shane Hawkins, 25, of Blackwell Road, Tredington, Warwickshire, had denied murdering his son, Kaydon, after the baby was injured in a house in Bodmin on 11 December 2010.

The baby was taken to the Royal Cornwall Hospital but was transferred to Bristol Children's Hospital where he died three days later.

A jury at Truro Crown Court returned a majority verdict of guilty.

'Violent act'

The court heard Hawkins found Kaydon vomiting tried to resuscitate him before an ambulance arrived at the house on the Kinsman Estate.

Jurors were told that Hawkins claimed the baby's head was injured when he dropped him from about 3ft (0.9m) on to a storage heater.

But haemorrhaging in the child's eyes was consistent with being shaken violently, the court heard.

After the verdict, senior investigating officer Det Insp Jackie Swift, of Devon and Cornwall Police, said it was a "violent act committed against a defenceless baby who sustained fatal head injuries at the hands of the person who was there to care for him".

She added: "In the subsequent investigation, Kayden was also found to have suffered other injuries during his short life inflicted by his father."

Hawkins is due to be sentenced on Friday.

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