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Soldier Sentenced After Killing Baby Daughter
A soldier who survived a rogue attack in Afghanistan has been jailed for six years for causing the death of his baby daughter.
Lance Corporal Liam Culverhouse admitted at an earlier hearing causing or allowing the death of 20-month-old Khloe Abrams.
The Grenadier Guardsman was given a medical discharge from the Army after losing his right eye in an attack at an Afghan National Police checkpoint in Helmand Province in 2009.
Five of his colleagues were killed in the incident.
Culverhouse was shot in the head and all four limbs. He lost his right eye and later experienced severe post traumatic stress (PTSD).
Eighteen months after returning home, Culverhouse assaulted Khloe at the family home in Northampton, resulting in the toddler suffering severe brain damage and fractures to her skull, ribs and limbs.
Her injuries had made her paraplegic, she had no control over her functions or movement of limbs and was considered blind with poor hearing.
The toddler, who was just seven weeks old at the time of the assault, was admitted to hospital in Northampton but never recovered and died of pneumonia in a hospice in Loughborough 18 months later in November 2012.
Culverhouse initially denied any involvement in his daughter's death but later pleaded guilty.
Sentencing him at Northampton Crown Court, judge Jeremy Baker said: "No one who has understood what happened to you in November 2009 whilst serving as a member of the British Army in Afghanistan can have anything but profound sympathy for the effect which it had upon you.
"I have no doubt PTSD contributed to the death of your daughter. (But) despite the effects of your condition, you retained culpability.
"As I have said, I accept that the effects of your mental condition contributed to your treatment of your daughter.
"However, you acknowledged to police and others that, prior to your experiences in Afghanistan, you had always had a temper which manifested itself in other circumstances."
Culverhouse will be eligible for parole after three years.
A Serious Case Review was launched to see whether health visitors missed some vital signs and also to examine the military's treatment of post traumatic stress. It is expected to report in a few weeks.
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