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St Neots man found guilty of murdering partner’s 12-week-old baby Teddie Mitchell

A St Neots man has been found guilty of murdering his partner’s 12-week-old son in court today, January 14. Kane…

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A St Neots man has been found guilty of murdering his partner’s 12-week-old son in court today, January 14.

Kane Mitchell, 31, of no fixed abode but formerly of St Neots, was living with his partner Lucci Smith, 29, of Patterson Court, St Neots, and her children when Lucci’s son received devastating injuries.

Teddie Thomas Mitchell, who was between 11 and 12 weeks old, sustained injuries on November 1, 2019, and sadly died in hospital 10 days later on November 11, 2019.

Mitchell was charged with the murder of the infant, and causing or allowing serious harm to a child between August 16 2019, the day Teddie was born, and October 31.

The jury found him guilty of both murder and cruelty or allowing serious physical harm to come to a child today at Cambridge Crown Court.

Lucci Smith was found guilty of cruelty to a child, as she ‘wilfully neglected him in a manner likely to cause him unnecessary suffering or injury to health’.

The four-week trial heard how baby Teddie had suffered weeks of neglect and rough handling during his short life.

Smith was acquitted on charges of causing or allowing death and serious injury.

Mitchell is not Teddie’s biological father but was living with Smith who had children from a previous relationship.

During the trial, on December 1, Karim Khalil QC, opened the prosecution case, saying Teddie was “subjected to a violent assault.”

“He received fatal injuries as a result of being gripped hard, shaken vigorously and having his head struck against a hard surface,” said Mr Khalil.

“In the course of that, he suffered rib fractures, fractures to his collar bone and a fractured skull.

“The forces involved gave him serious brain injuries from which he died.”

The court heard how the pair had been in a relationship for around eight months, living together with baby Teddie.

At 3pm on November 1, 2019, the ambulance service were called to the home in Pattinson Court, where Teddie was found to be unresponsive and in cardiac arrest.

Smith had left Teddie in the care of Mitchell while she did the morning school run. However, when she returned, she noticed he seemed lethargic and wouldn’t take his bottle.

She contacted the local GP after Teddie’s condition deteriorated. They then advised her to call 999, however she waited around half an hour to make that call.

Teddie was rushed to the Special Care Baby Unit at Hinchingbrooke Hospital, Huntigndon, where doctors discovered he had a fractured skull and significant bleed on the brain.

Officers and medical staff were concerned about how Teddie had received his injuries, and Mitchell and Smith were both arrested at the hospital.

Teddie was later transferred to Addenbrooke’s Hospital for a specialist neurology assessment and placed in intensive care on life support, where doctors concluded he would not recover from his injuries.

Medical staff kept Teddie stable on a life support machine, however, after 11 days a decision was made to withdraw the life support and Teddie passed away shortly after.

A post-mortem examination revealed he had died as a result of his fractured skull and a lack of oxygen to the brain.

During the trial, the jury were read statements from neighbours who said they had heard arguments coming from the address on a regular basis, and that the household had been unsettled since Mitchell moved in.

During police interview, Mitchell said he believed he was Teddie’s biological father, however DNA results following the death revealed he was not.

He could not explain how Teddie suffered his fatal injuries.

During her police interview, Smith claimed she and Mitchell were in a loving relationship and they rarely argued.

She also couldn’t explain how Teddie got his injuries.

Following a four-week trial the jury deliberated for two days before reaching their verdict.

Detective Inspector Lucy Thomson, from the Beds Cambs and Herts Major Crime Unit, said: “This is a tragic and terrible case in which an 11-week-old baby lost his life at the hands of a person who should have been there to protect him.

“Our investigation found that Teddie had suffered multiple injuries during his short life which neither Mitchell or Smith could account for.

“The verdict won’t bring Teddie back, but it does bring some justice for what he endured.”

Mitchell has been remanded in custody to await sentencing, while Smith has been released on bail until sentencing date, which has provisionally been set as February 5.

The pair will be sentenced on February 5.

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