Chichester man jailed for shaking young son who later died

A man who “violently” shook his infant son, just four weeks old, causing injuries that resulted in the boy’s death has been jailed.

Matthew Banks’ son Leo had been crying hysterically during a late night feeding and appeared stressed.

Banks became frustrated and tired, and violently shook his son.

In the morning, Leo’s mother woke up to find that he was unwell and medical help was sought. The shaking had caused head injuries that resulted in the toddler’s death two years later.

Banks, of Gilbert Road, Chichester, was sentenced to three years and eight months in prison for the death of his son.

He appeared at Winchester Crown Court.

He had previously pleaded guilty to manslaughter after the West Sussex Safeguarding Investigations Unit investigated the death of the two-year-old toddler.

Leo received specialist inpatient and outpatient treatment for head injuries sustained in December 2017 when he was just four weeks old.

But in February 2020, he died at home from his injuries.

Banks, 34, was questioned by police in relation to those injuries and admitted to shaking Leo “quite hard” while tending to him at night.

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Detective Constable Owen Watkins, investigating officer, said: “This is a heartbreaking case that resulted in the tragic and untimely death of an innocent two-year-old boy.

“Matthew Banks was one of those people who was trusted to take care of Leo, but instead his actions caused injuries from which Leo unfortunately never recovered.

“No verdict will ever change what happened, but this case is a reminder to others that we will fully investigate serious crimes like this and hold those responsible accountable.”

“I want to congratulate the whole family for their strength and courage. Our thoughts remain with them at this extremely difficult time.” Chichester man jailed for shaking young son who later died

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