Philip Peace, 43, from Dudley has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of his defenceless five-month-old daughter.
On 8th September 2017, baby Summer had been at home and in the care of her father when paramedics were called to the address after she became unresponsive.
During the trial, the jury was told that Peace dialled 999 at 16:08 hours saying ‘something was wrong’ with her because there were ‘large gaps in her breathing’.
Prosecutor Andrew Smith QC stated paramedics arrived within minutes to find the baby ‘unresponsive, limp, struggling to breathe’ and with a ‘very weak pulse’.
Medical experts told how they found evidence of injuries consistent with Summer having been shaken and then thrown against a semi-hard surface such as a sofa.
Her injuries included fractured ribs, retinal bleeding and a severe catastrophic brain injury.
Andrew Smith QC told the court that Summer’s death was caused by the head injuries brought on by a ‘traumatic event’, stating that Peace had ‘lost control’ with his daughter because she had been ‘difficult’ to look after that afternoon.
Mr Smith QC put it to the court that in that moment, Summer’s father ‘intended at the very least to cause really serious injuries to her’.
Peace denied shaking or doing anything to deliberately harm Summer.
However, following a five-week trial at Birmingham Crown Court, the jury found Peace guilty of the murder of his five-month-old daughter.
He has been ordered to serve 14 years before he will be eligible for parole.
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