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Midhurst man sentenced for killing his baby son

News   •   Mar 22, 2019 11:39 GMT

A Midhurst man has been sentenced for causing the death of his baby son.

Christopher Barnes, 28, a heating engineer, of Barlavington Way, Midhurst, was sentenced to a total of six and a half years at Lewes Crown Court on Friday (22 March) for manslaughter and causing grievous bodily harm to, his son, Harry, who was just 10 weeks old when he died in June 2017.

Harry died on 25 June 2017 at Southampton Hospital, following admission from his home address in Barlavington Way, Midhurst, on the previous day.

The prosecution followed an investigation by detectives from the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team, and detailed forensic examination which established that death had resulted from an internal head injury.

Detective Chief Inspector Emma Heater said; "Harry Barnes was only 10 weeks old when he suffered fatal injuries as a result of being forcibly shaken by his father Christopher Barnes. Sadly medical evidence showed that this was not the first time Harry had been injured.

"Investigating the death of a child is upsetting for everyone involved and especially the family. Harry’s mum has asked me to make this statement on her behalf;

“"We now have justice for Harry after going through something so traumatic that has changed our lives forever. As we approach what would have been Harry’s 2nd birthday we finally have the truth. Harry will always be in our hearts.”

Emma Heater also says; "I would urge anyone who is struggling to cope with a baby or child to seek the support and help of family, friends and professionals."

A Serious Case Review is being carried out by the independent West Sussex Safeguarding Childrens' Board.

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Newsdesk Guidance; 

Ref; SXP 54387/2019
Author; Tim Mahony

A police custody photo is attached to this Release.

Barnes was sentenced to six and a half years for manslaughter and two years for GBH, the sentences to run concurrently

Harry's mother (confirmed spelling Millins) does not wish to speak to, or to be approached by, the media, and at her request no photos of Harry are being released.