Life sentence for Dudley man who murdered baby daughter

Life sentence for Dudley man who murdered baby daughter

A man who murdered his five-month-old daughter by way of a catastrophic brain injury lost “self control” after “failing to take time out”.

Summer Peace died in 2017 after also suffering fractured ribs.

Her father, Philip Peace, 43, from Dudley, has been given a life sentence after a jury found him guilty on Thursday.

Summer’s injuries were said to be consistent with having been shaken and thrown against a semi-hard surface.

A spokesperson for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said Peace acted amid the “stresses and strains” of looking after a baby.

He was ordered at Birmingham Crown Court to serve a minimum of 14 years in prison.

During a five-week trial, the jury heard Peace was caring for his daughter alone on 8 September 2017 when he reported to emergency services she had become unresponsive, claiming he had simply placed her on the floor.

Paramedics on arrival tried to resuscitate the baby but she died in hospital the following day, police said.

The West Midlands force said on Thursday that the account of events provided by Peace to his family, police and the jury was a lie.

Summer’s severe injuries also included retinal bleeding and that, along with the others, caused immediate respiratory collapse, police said.

The CPS said: “This is a tragic case in which the stresses and strains on a parent of caring for a young baby who was otherwise loved and cared for brought about her death.

“In failing to take time out, Philip Peace lost his self-control and ended his daughter’s life by causing devastating injuries when she had her whole future ahead of her.”

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