Couple who shook their baby to death receive prison sentences
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    Couple who shook their baby to death receive prison sentences

    A woman came before the Brussels correctional court on Tuesday and received a three-year-prison sentence for the involuntary manslaughter of her baby. Credit: Alain Wibert/Flickr.

    A mother came before the Brussels correctional court on Tuesday and received a three-year prison sentence for shaking her baby to death.

    The woman’s ex-partner also received a five-year prison sentence.

    The three-month-old baby was brought to a hospital emergency department on the evening of the 19 and 20 November 2014.

    According to the baby’s mother and her partner, the three-month-old often did not breath during his sleep. The two adults explained that they had shaken the baby to wake him up.

    The three-month-old baby died on 2 January 2015.

    An autopsy revealed that the three-month-old baby’s death was the result of shaken baby syndrome; serious brain injury caused by forcefully shaking a baby. The autopsy showed that the baby boy had several old and recent fractures.

    The events of 19 November 2014 according to the mother and her partner did not match up with the baby’s injuries. As a result, the mother and her partner were thought to have behaved violently with the baby and were charged with involuntary manslaughter, according to Bruzz.

    Evie McCullough
    The Brussels Times