Father jailed for killing baby
A father has been sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum term of 14 years for killing his baby by causing catastrophic injuries.
Philip Peace, 43, denied being responsible for the death of his daughter five-month-old Summer Peace but was convicted by the jury of murder following a five-week trial yesterday at Birmingham Crown Court. He was sentenced at the same court today (26 February 2021).
Peace, from Dudley, was caring for Summer at their home in Heath Green on 8 September 2017 when he called emergency services to say that Summer had collapsed. In spite of intensive medical efforts including life support, it was not possible to successfully treat Summer and, tragically, she died in hospital.
The prosecution case against Philip Peace was that he inflicted traumatic injuries on Summer intending to cause her really serious harm and his actions resulted in her death. Summer sustained fatal injuries to her brain and associated bleeding in both of her eyes and fractures.
During the trial, Peace could not explain how Summer’s fatal injuries occurred while he was looking after her. He admitted that she had been difficult to care for on that afternoon but denied causing any injury to her.
A number of medical experts gave evidence during the trial and were able to rule out the possibility that Summer had died from natural causes, stating that her injuries were consistent with having been shaken or thrown forcefully against a soft surface.
Wendy Bounds of the CPS said: “This is a tragic case where Philip Peace lost his self-control and ended his daughter’s life by causing devastating injuries when she had her whole future ahead of her. The prosecution team worked tirelessly to achieve justice for Summer. Our thoughts remain with all those affected by Summer’s death.”
Notes to editors
Wendy Bounds is a Senior Crown Prosecutor at the CPS.
Please note the reporting restrictions in this case. The mother or other children must not be named.