A Hoyland dad murdered his little 11-month old son, but blamed the family dog for the baby’s injuries, a court heard.
At Sheffield Crown Court yesterday, a jury found 29-year old Michael Carl Beaumont, of Chapel Street, guilty of murder.
Today (December 18) he was handed a lifetime jail sentence and told to serve a minimum of 18 years.
The jury also found Helen Barnes, 28, of Chapel Street, Hoyland, guilty of neglect, and she was sentenced to six months in prison suspended for 12 months.
Emergency services were called to the family home in Hoyland at 10am on September 28, 2011, following reports that the 11-month-old had been unwell.
During the six week trial, the court heard how Beaumont had claimed his son, Kadan had been knocked over by the family dog in order to disguise the horrific injuries that he had inflicted upon the baby.
The boy was taken to Barnsley District General Hospital and later transported to Sheffield Children’s Hospital, where he died.
Detective Chief Inspector Sean Middleton, who led the investigation, said: “This is a shocking case of violence from a parent, which sadly resulted in the death of an innocent young child.
“By blaming the family dog, Beaumont attempted to cover his horrific actions, but the evidence surrounding the cause of Kadan’s death, provided by expert pathologists, was overwhelming.
“Beaumont claimed that Kadan had been knocked over by the dog the day before, however, experts concluded that Kadan had died from head injuries that were likely to have been sustained only an hour before emergency services were called.
“This has been a particularly distressing case for all concerned and hopefully the end of this trial will bring some closure to the rest of Kadan’s family.
“I would like to thank the community of Hoyland for their help and support during this investigation.”