A MAN has been sent to prison after he admitted killing his three-month-old son.
Baby Eithan Williams suffered swelling and bleeding on the brain when David Robert Williams, 27, dropped him on a sofa in frustration. He fell asleep, not realising he had injured the tot on February 28, 2004.
When Eithan's mother came downstairs a few hours later she
found her baby cold, pale and sweating. He was later pronounced dead.
Williams, of Medlar Close, Lache, pleaded guilty to the manslaughter of Eithan which occurred at the rented family home in Wrexham and was sentenced last week at Chester Crown Court.
Williams, originally from New Broughton, Wrexham, was looking after Eithan while the baby's mother slept upstairs.
Leighton Davis, defending, said Williams was tired after working the night before and his elder son was hyperactive. Mr Davis said:
'This was not done with anger or in temper or with any hostility, it was done unthinkably in a moment of frustration, caused by my defend-ant's other son.'
Recorder of Chester, Judge Elgan Edwards said: 'This case is tragic for your son, for members of your family and obviously tragic for you.
'If the courts do not seek to protect young babies from their carers who will protect them?
'You shouldn't have done it but you did and a precious life has been lost as a result.'
Williams was originally charged with murder in June 2005 but this was reduced to manslaughter in the light of new medical evidence.
He initially pleaded not guilty but, according to Mr Davis, this plea changed when the defendant realised dropping the child could have been enough to cause the injuries.