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Father convicted for the murder of his five-week-old baby

|News, Violent crime

James Clark, 31, has been convicted of murder after the death of his child, who was five weeks and four days old at the time of his passing.

Sean Clarke died at a house in Warmley, South Gloucestershire on the morning of Sunday 14 January 2018. An ambulance crew was sent to the house following a report of “a little boy not breathing”. Tragically there was nothing that the medical professionals could do to revive Sean.

Later medical examination confirmed that during his very short life Sean had sustained traumatic head injuries on at least two or more occasions, consistent with being shaken. X-rays revealed 75 sites of fracture on Sean’s ribs. The most recent injuries were from shortly before Sean’s death, and the earliest from up to two weeks earlier.

Ann Hampshire from CPS said: “This was a tragic case where a very young child was the victim of several assaults, causing serious and ultimately fatal injuries.

“Only Clark knows exactly how Sean suffered those injuries and he maintained that he was not the cause.

“This case relied on evidence from some of the top medical experts in the country and was distressing case to investigate and for the jury to hear. 

“The verdict demonstrates that the jury were satisfied that it was Clark who inflicted these injuries and they found him guilty of murder.”  

Notes to editors

Ann Hampshire is a Senior Crown Prosecutor in the Complex Casework Unit of CPS South West. 

James Clark (DOB 12/01/1990) has been convicted of Murder. 

Helen Jeremy (DOB 3/12/1993) was acquitted of Causing or Allowing the Death of a Child. 

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