A mum and her boyfriend have been found guilty of causing the death of her baby boy who suffered injuries so severe they were compared to a car crash victim. Eli Cox was just five-months-old when he suffered a “catastrophic” brain injury consistent with shaking and 28 bone fractures.
The boy’s mum, Katherine Cox, 33, and her partner Danny Shepherd, 25, were convicted today of causing or allowing the death of a child and causing or allowing physical harm to a child following a month-long trial. The jury heard Eli’s 28 fractures of varying ages to 19 bones were consistent with being “twisted, pulled, crushed and bent in half”.
Jennifer Knight, prosecuting, said Eli suffered extensive brain damage consistent with shaking and caused by a prolonged period of insufficient oxygen to the brain. It was suggested the injuries were inflicted on many different occasions leading up to the child’s collapse on April 13 last year. He died two weeks later.