UPDATED: Father found guilty of killing baby son

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A man who shook his 15-week-old son causing catastrophic injuries has been found guilty of manslaughter at Newport Crown Court.

Matthew Jones, 26, was looking after his son, Cody Rhys Williams-Jones, at home on 7 December 2016. In the evening, he made a 999 call for an ambulance saying: “My baby's breathing, but he's lifeless. He is making noises, but he's breathing really slow."

Jones gave different explanations as to how the child had been injured. Sadly, Cody never recovered and died the following day.

Susan Crossley of the CPS said: “Throughout this case, there have been several explanations from Matthew Jones as to the cause of Cody’s injuries whilst in his sole care.

“The expert evidence called by the CPS showed that it was highly doubtful these explanations would result in the fatal injuries.

“Cody had everything to live for and that chance was taken away by his own father. It is difficult to imagine the heart-break the family has gone through and our thoughts are firmly with them.”

UPDATE: Jones was sentenced to nine years' imprisonment on 17 July 2019.

Building the case

The evidence of the medical examinations was key to understanding what happened. Detailed statements describing how the injuries discovered could have been caused had to be carefully examined and cross-referenced.

Each of the explanations put forward by the defendant had to be considered before a charging decision could be made by the CPS.

Notes to editors

  • Susan Crossley is the District Crown Prosecutor in the CPS Cymru-Wales Complex Casework Unit.
  • Matthew Jones (DOB: 08/04/1993) was convicted of manslaughter on 12 July 2019 following trial.

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