FATHER William Stephens has been jailed for six years after being found guilty of killing his baby daughter.
Stephens, 25, of Fonthill Road, Southmead, denied manslaughter of 16 weeks old Paris
Danah Vince, 19, of Mendip Road, Portishead, denied causing or allowing the tot’s death.
A jury of eight men and four women convicted Stephens, who has low intellect, and acquitted Vince.
Bristol Crown Court heard the infant was admitted to Bristol Children’s Hospital with “catastrophic” head injuries in January.
It was claimed her injuries were either caused by shaking, banging her head against a soft surface or a combination of the two.
The Honourable Mr Justice Teare told Stephens: “Loss of temper or control has resulted in a fatal act of violence to a defenceless baby.
"You have a serious learning disability and it is possible it inhibited your appreciation of what conduct is dangerous to a baby.
"You will have to live with the fact that you killed your daughter."
Christopher Quinlan QC, opening the trial on behalf of the prosecution on October 22, said Paris was admitted to Bristol Children’s Hospital late in the afternoon of Friday, January 11.
He said: “She had catastrophic and fatal head injuries.
“She died in the early hours the following Monday morning when her medical treatment ceased.
“The doctors could do no more for Paris.
“She was 16 weeks old. She died from head injuries caused shortly before she collapsed on that Friday afternoon.
“The prosecution’s case is one of these defendants, the mother or father, caused those injuries, caused them by shaking her or by banging her head into contact with a soft surface or a combination of the two.”
Mr Quinlan said the defendant who did not kill the baby was criminally responsible for her death as they should have appreciated a significant risk of harm to the child and failed to take steps which could reasonably be taken.
He said: “That defendant failed Paris. That failure was culpable and it was criminal.”
When interviewed, William denied responsibility and claimed he had not touched Paris at all that day.
Vince also denied responsibility, saying she left Paris alone on that Friday afternoon with Stephens.
Mr Quinlan said the young parents had a “volatile” relationship and there was evidence of them arguing and fighting.
He said social services stepped in and the couple signed agreements of no domestic violence.
But, even though Stephens was supposed to stay away from Vince, the court heard there was evidence he was still living with Vince in Brentry.
Mr Quinlan said a student social worker then took on the case, before Stephens appeared before Bristol magistrates following a disturbance at the flat and was handed a restraining order to keep away.