A DAD has been found guilty of murdering his 13-day-old son after he shook him to death in a shocking attack.
Daniel Sanzone, 23, caused “catastrophic and irreversible” brain damage to baby Joshua Millinson at the family home in Wolverhampton.
He faces a life sentence tomorrow as Joshua’s mum Zoe Howell walked free from the dock today.
Howell, 19,was cleared of turning “a blind eye” to the risk of leaving Joshua with Sanzone.
The young mum was shocked at the verdict, telling police after the attack: “I can’t believe the dad has done it.”
Little Joshua was rushed to New Cross Hospital on October 24, with Sanzone and Howell telling police at the time he suddenly stopped feeding and went bright red.
Mum Zoe said at the time of the attack she heard a loud bang from the living room – but Sanzone lied and told her he had “dropped the remote”. He told police in a later interview the noise was the sound of the sofa hitting the wall as he sat back.
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However, it is believed the sound could have been Joshua being thrown down on the sofa by Sanzone as he vigorously shook him.
Joshua’s grandmother, Sharon Howell, attempted to perform CPR and Joshua was resuscitated in hospital. He was put on life support for nearly a month before the High Court ruled his care should be withdrawn.
Medics say the attack caused Joshua to sustain “catastrophic and irreversible damage to the brain and brain stem”, similar to the kind of injuries seen in a major road accident.
A postmortem also revealed a catalogue of injuries, finding older fractures to the baby’s lower legs and rib cage, which doctors said were consistent with “twisting”, “squeezing” and “being gripped forcibly”.
Sanzone declined to give evidence to the jury during the three-week trial at Birmingham Crown Court, throughout which mum Zoe sat in the dock in tears clutching a teddy.
She told the court her partner could “sometimes be a bit rough”, but that she had never seen him hurt the boy.
DI Jim Munro, the senior investigating officer from West Midlands Police, told the Express & Star Sanzone showed “no remorse” for the killing.
He added:”At 13-days-old what Joshua would have known of the world and the element of his family that would never have met him – it is tragic.
“It is just a very, very tragic set of circumstances in such a very small child and somebody who should have had his whole life ahead of them and had it taken very tragically and very early on.
“This is someone who was in a position of trust.
“The very person who should have been caring for Joshua is ultimately responsible for his death and that is something that obviously members of the extended family are coming to terms with.”
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