Father who shook newborn baby son jailed for manslaughter
A father who killed his newborn son by shaking him has been convicted of manslaughter and jailed for eight-and-a-half years.
Pedro Rubim, 43, said little Alejandro had slipped out of his bouncer and fallen on to the wooden floor while he had gone to fetch him a bottle of milk. He later claimed he had shaken Alejandro in an attempt to revive him after the fall.
Rubim had been looking after his baby boy at the flat he shared with his partner in Finchley Road in Swiss Cottage, Camden on the morning of 20 February, 2016. His partner had gone to the dentist for a couple of hours at the time. She had left Rubim sitting on the settee with their son and a bottle of milk.
Alejandro Rubim was just 45 days old when he was admitted to hospital. He died from serious brain, head and eye injuries at Great Ormond Street Hospital just four days later on 24 February, 2016.
Rubim was convicted of one count of manslaughter following a trial at Blackfriars Crown Court, which concluded today.
Olcay Sapanoglu, from CPS London’s Homicide Unit, said: “This is not a case of a 45-day-old baby accidentally falling out of a baby bouncer, but the death of a small child while in the sole care of his father.
“Although Rubim called 999 himself, the prosecution was able to present a number of medical professionals as witnesses who were clear that Alejandro’s fatal injuries were far from consistent with a fall from a low level height. Many of them pointed to medical evidence that showed Alejandro’s injuries were most likely caused by being shaken and or thrown.
“Deaths involving infants are particularly tragic and the CPS will always consider the evidence and circumstances surrounding each individual case before considering whether it is in the public interest to bring a prosecution.”
Notes to editors
- Rubim [DOB: 8/8/1974] is from Southgate in the London borough of Enfield.
- Olcay Sapanoglu is a Senior Crown Prosecutor in CPS London North.