A man jailed for punching and shaking his infant child to death at their home in West Yorkshire, UK, last July has been found dead in his prison cell Sunday, a month after he was sentenced for life.
The Mail Online reported that police said Liam Deane, 22, was found dead in his cell at HMP Leeds and another inmate, John Westland, 28, was charged with his murder.
Westland later appeared at Leeds Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, November 14, flanked by two police officers and a member of court escort staff as he was brought into the dock.
They reported that Westland remained handcuffed throughout the brief hearing, speaking “only to confirm his personal details.”
Westland was told by the court that his case was being sent to Leeds Crown Court due to the “serious nature of the offense,” and will be adjourned until Thursday.
Deane was left with newborn baby Luna on the evening of July 11 by her mother, Karen Bisset, so she could get some sleep after her job.
Throughout the night, the baby “wouldn’t stop crying,” prompting Deane to lose his temper and attack the child.
After bringing her to the hospital, he initially told responders that the child fell off the bed, but after further examination, her injuries were not consistent with someone who fell two feet onto a carpeted floor.
Deane later admitted to the crime.
The Metro obtained statement from prosecuting attorney Michael Smith, who said the injuries found on the baby included injuries to her brain, body and face.
“He [Deane] said he was responsible for all of the injuries that she had suffered and he said that Luna had not settled down and he lost control,” said Smith.