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Jail for father who fatally shook new-born son

Custody image of Marcus Carter
Marcus Carter

A man who fatally shook his new-born son has been jailed at Bristol Crown Court today (Tuesday, 14 February).

Marcus Carter, of Burns Road, Walsall, pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of his 10-week-old son at a hearing at the same court last month.

Today, The Honourable Mrs Justice Hill sentenced the 43-year-old to seven years and eight months in prison.

The court heard emergency services were called to an address in Easton, Bristol, on 10 August 2020 due to concerns for Carter’s son’s welfare.

The baby, who we are not naming at the request of his family, was subsequently taken to Bristol Children’s Hospital for treatment.

However, sadly, he died 11 days later on 21 August 2020.

Carter initially denied being responsible for his son’s death, lying to police at the time of the incident and in subsequent police interviews.

It was only after being made aware of the expert medical evidence detectives had obtained, that he acknowledged that his actions led to his son’s death.

In a Victim Personal Statement, the baby’s mother said: “These last years have been nothing but a living nightmare. It has been torture.

“My heart aches every day and the pain is unbearable.”

She also said: “[His] life has been stolen from him. He was just 10-weeks-old when he died.

“He has been robbed of a chance to grow up, have a childhood, go to school and university, have a first girlfriend, become a father and experience life itself.

“I have been robbed of the chance to mother him, care for him and love him.”

Detective Chief Inspector Roger Doxsey, the senior investigating officer, said: “This is a truly tragic case and our hearts go out to the young boy’s mother and family.

“The force that Carter used, for whatever reason, was completely disproportionate and led to his catastrophic injuries.

“He refused to accept his role in what happened for more than two years, until faced with the overwhelming medical evidence, and other evidence gathered from witnesses and CCTV footage.

“It is of small comfort to the boy’s family that they do not have to sit through a trial which would undoubtedly have caused them even more distress.

“They wanted Carter most of all to tell them what he did that day, and why he shook the boy with such force.

“He has not yet done so in any detail, but we hope that today is a key step towards him accepting responsibility for his actions, and the young life that he took away.”