Man Who Punched Newborn Daughter To Death Found Dead In Prison

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A father who murdered his newborn daughter has been found dead in his prison cell.

Liam Deane was discovered at HMP Leeds on Sunday.

He had been locked away last month after brutally killing his child Luna in July.

28-year-old John Westland, a prisoner at HMP Leeds, has been accused of murdering Deane.

He appeared in front of Leeds Magistrates today.

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He has remained in custody ever since and will appear at Leeds Crown Court on Thursday.

Deane had admitted to punching his two-day-old daughter because she ‘would not stop crying.’

Luna suffered ‘catastrophic brain injuries’ and died in hospital three days later.

On July 18, Deane had told Luna’s mum Karen Bissett, 21, that their daughter was struggling to breathe after hitting her head overnight.

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When the ambulance arrived, they found Luna’s face covered in bruises.

He later broke down in tears as he admitted to killing the baby during a police interview.

Deane’s representative Richard Wright, QC, said:

In my submission there is simply no explanation for the defendant’s behaviour.

His actions were wholly and utterly out of character for him. The defendant will have a very long time to reflect upon his terrible behaviour.

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Detective Superintendent Jim Dunkerley, of the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said at the time:

This was an extremely tragic case where a new born baby girl has lost her life before its even had chance to begin.

Luna suffered an assault at the hands of one of the people who was responsible for her care and wellbeing. Her family has been torn apart by her death.

Deane will now face life in prison as a result of his abhorrent actions and I hope the family can find some comfort in this verdict.

Unspeakably grim.

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