Man jailed for silencing crying baby forever

Dec 09, 2011, 10:29 IST | IANS

A man in Britain has been sentenced to nine years in prison for punching his toddler son to death just because he did not stop crying.

Nathan Allen brought both fists down on 14-month-old Fletcher's abdomen as he lay in his cot. The youngster died of internal bleeding and damaged kidneys, the Daily Mail reported.

The 27-year-old father had been left with his son for less than 30 minutes while his partner Danielle Hands, 19, went to see her family.

The attack took place in January.

During cross-examination, Allen of Romford, a suburban town in Essex county, demonstrated hitting the toddler with his two clenched fists in a downward motion and said he hit son Fletcher as he lay in his cot because he would not stop crying.

Allen was jailed for manslaughter at the Old Bailey, the central criminal court in Britain, after the jury cleared him of murder charge.

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