Easton Robinson from St Ann’s will be sentenced today for the manslaughter of his son Eden, following a trial at Nottingham Crown Court.
Easton Robinson was sentenced to 12 years for the manslaughter of his two-month-old son in 2016. With six years in custody and six years on license.
Whilst in Robinson’s care, on the morning of Saturday, 8th November 2014, at 8:40am Eden became very ill with phlegm coming from his nose and mouth. Eden’s mother called for an ambulance and he arrived at the Queen’s Medical Centre with no heartbeat at 9.20am.
Eden was pronounced dead at 4.41pm on Tuesday 11th November 2014. Both medical and ambulance staff managed to revive Eden after he’d stop breathing, however the brain damage was non-survivable.
The post-mortem confirmed the cause of Eden’s death was a head injury, showing a bleed on the brain. Mrs Justice Cox concluded in court today that after Eden had his vaccinations, he was poorly and crying more than normal. As an inexperienced, sleep deprived new father, Robinson has lost his temper and shook the baby.
“HE WAS ROBBED OF HIS WHOLE LIFE”
Robinson, who had admitted knowing the dangers of shaking an infant, never blamed anyone else for his baby’s death. Eden’s traumatic head injury showed a bleed on the brain. No natural cause of death was found.
In the run up to Eden’s death, investigations also found a wider pattern of abuse. Finding that Eden had suffered a fracture of his right leg and rib due to the hands of his father.
“THE LOSS OF A PRECIOUS LIFE”
MRS JUSTICE COX
In a victim impact statement given to the court, Eden’s mother Clare Mellors said:
“When I arrived at hospital to the sight of Eden lying in that hospital cot, looking so tiny and lifeless, all I wanted to do was hold him, but I wasn’t allowed anywhere near him. I wasn’t able to hold my baby until the doctors turned off his life support machine and I watched Eden pass away in my arms.
“It took me 10 months to come to terms with the fact that Easton was responsible. I feel physically sick at having been fooled by him for so long. I do not think about any time I spent with Easton anymore, I just can’t. I despise the man for taking my baby away from me.
“Eden never got to call me Mum, he was never given the opportunity to reach any of his milestones, he was robbed of his whole life.”