Coventry man found guilty of killing his three-month-old nephew - The Coventry Observer

19th Aug, 2022

Coventry man found guilty of killing his three-month-old nephew

Tristan Harris 10th Dec, 2021 Updated: 10th Dec, 2021

A COVENTRY man has been convicted of killing his baby nephew.

Arlo Breslin, who was just three months old, died after sustaining a catastrophic head injury.

He was being looked after by his uncle James Scott on the morning of June 2018 when the fatal incident happened.

Scott’s sister was taking her three older children to school and left Arlo in her brother’s care.

Arlo’s dad was at work.

When she got back from the school run, around an hour later, Scott was screaming her name and holding Arlo in his arms. The baby wasn’t moving and an ambulance was called.

Arlo was rushed to hospital in cardiac arrest but despite the best efforts of the medical team died two days later at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

A post-mortem found that Arlo had died of a catastrophic head injury, caused by non-accidental shaking.

Scott was arrested and, following an extensive and complex investigation, was charged with murder.

Throughout the investigation and trial Scott denied shaking his nephew or causing the injuries.

He claimed the baby had been sleeping but found him convulsing and having a fit when he checked on him.

The jury at Warwick Crown Court today found Scott, of Church Road, not guilty of murder but guilty of manslaughter.

He is due to be sentenced on Monday.

Paying tribute to Arlo, his family said: “Our special baby boy, our warrior.

“Arlo is our miracle baby who we love very, very much. We will never ever forget you sweetheart.

“Sleep tight our angel. Keep shining down on us all.”

Det Insp Michelle Allen said: “Little Arlo was a healthy and happy baby who was dearly loved by his parents and family who have been left utterly heartbroken from this tragedy.

“This has been a tremendously sad case for us to investigate and has had a profound effect on the family.

“No parent ever expects to lose a child, particularly not at the hands of another person especially when they are a trusted family member.

“I hope that the verdict provides them with some comfort and allows them to start coming to terms with their loss, our thoughts remain with them.”

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