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Chantelle Flynn: Mum sentenced after partner murdered baby

A woman whose baby son was murdered by his father has been sentenced after being convicted of allowing or causing the death.

Chantelle Flynn was also convicted earlier of perverting the course of justice after Leyton Dawick was killed.

At Manchester Crown Court, Flynn, of Thimbles Close, Rochdale, got a two year jail term suspended for two years.

Craig Dawick, 25, was jailed for life in September for kicking, punching and stamping on eight-month-old Leyton.

Flynn, 25, was "besotted" with Dawick, describing him as a "brilliant father", the court had heard.

Murder 'defies belief'

She knew he was violent but covered for him by lying to paramedics and police about where he was when Leyton was injured.

During his trial, the court heard Dawick, of Durham Street, Rochdale, could not stand his son's crying and left him with injuries normally associated with high-speed car crashes.

Dawick was jailed for life with a minimum of 21 years by Judge Sir John Royce, who said the murder "defies belief".

Leyton, who was suffering with teething and heartburn was left in the house with Dawick, on 6 September 2016 by Flynn.

Half an hour later, Dawick called her phone and when she arrived back at the house, Leyton was struggling to breathe and losing colour, prompting her to call an ambulance.

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