|John Burrill and Daisy-Mae|
A father was arrested on a charge of murder after being accused of killing his baby daughter because she cried in middle of the night, according to police in the United Kingdom.
Now, 31-year-old John Burrill of Fleetwood, has been sentenced to serve up to life in prison after being convicted of murder in connection with the beating death of 2-month-old Daisy-Mae.
According to the criminal complaint, Burrill assaulted Daisy-Mae in the early hours of the morning after she had woken up for a feeding at their home on Warren Street.
She died three days later at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.
Prosecutor Brett Gerrity told the court that this was a tragic case as Burrill carried out a vicious assault upon a defenseless baby, resulting in her death.
He had smoked cannabis throughout the early hours of the night, while tending to his daughter who would not stop crying.
For a reason only he can explain, Burrill lost his temper and bashed her head.
He initially denied all responsibility for causing her injuries, but later admitted that he had used force upon her, but that he had not intended to cause her serious injury or death.
However, after careful consideration of the evidence against him, the jury has concluded that he did in fact murder his two-month-old baby.