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Man Jailed For Shaking Toddler To Death
A man who inflicted catastrophic brain injuries on his partner's toddler in a fatal attack after losing his temper has been jailed for eight years.
Craig Lewis, 32, had already admitted the manslaughter on 22-month-old Kieron Barley, who he shook violently.
He also confessed to inflicting grievous bodily harm on the child in a previous attack in May, 2011, causing spinal injuries and bleeding on the brain.
Doctors failed to spot these injuries when the boy was admitted to Birmingham Children's Hospital.
The injuries, inflicted by Lewis, were only discovered in a post mortem examination after his death in June, 2011, some three weeks later.
The toddler's 26-year-old mother Louise Barley, of Denshaw Road in Kings Heath, Birmingham, who had previously admitted child cruelty, was jailed for 15 months.
In the first attack on May 28, 2011, Barley went to the shops leaving Lewis alone in the flat with the little boy to help him to learn to walk.
But Lewis lost patience with the boy and slammed him into the hard floor.
On dialling 999 he lied to the call handler telling them Kieron had "fallen and banged his head on a wooden part of the sofa", and described the boy as being "really floppy".
Barley would later lie to police telling officers she had been present during Kieron's damaging fall.
In the subsequent fatal attack, Lewis lost his temper with Kieron and shook him "causing the child's head to move rapidly back and forth".
Rachel Brand QC, prosecuting, said: "He then threw Kieron into the cot, causing his head to hit the railing, as he landed on the mattress."
Kieron was resuscitated and spent several days in the intensive care unit but his life support was removed on June 23, 2011.
Lewis and Barley were charged in June, 2013.
They had denied the charges against them, and only in February this year changed their pleas to guilty.
After the hearing, Detective Chief Inspector Dawn Miskella, of West Midlands Police's public protection unit, said Kieron had been "let down" by those who should have been caring for him.
She said Barley and Lewis had "spun a web of lies" but had finally admitted their crimes and been jailed.