A mother and father have been jailed for a total of 18 years after they caused the death of their nine-day-old baby girl. The court heard how the tiny baby "had the life shaken out of her"
30-year-old Daniel Nolan, was given a 10-year sentence and 31-year-old Sophie Nash was jailed for 8 years on Friday.
The couple had been found guilty of causing or allowing the death of their nine-day-old baby Ava Grace as well as two counts of causing or allowing the serious injury to her, and child cruelty.
On 16 August 2017, police were called by paramedics after they attended an address in Nelson, Lancashire, UK, and found baby Ava Grave unresponsive.
Ava was taken to Royal Blackburn Hospital where she died shortly after midnight on 17 August 2017.
A post-mortem examination revealed that Ava died from a catastrophic head injury, most likely caused by forceful shaking.
Investigators discovered that Ava had also suffered a separate brain injury, as well as a broken femur, which they believe she received during a separate incident in the days leading up to her death.
Detective Chief Inspector Jill Johnson, from Lancashire Police, said: "I am pleased that Nolan and Nash have both been jailed, particularly as both have continued to blame each other and neither has ever accepted any responsibility for the acts of violence that led to baby Ava's death.
"Ultimately their selfish preoccupation with themselves, combined with their toxic and volatile relationship, has resulted in their baby losing her life. "I would again like to thank all of the officers and staff who worked on this incredibly complex and emotive case, always with the aim of getting justice for baby Ava, as well as the witnesses who gave evidence and supported this investigation.
"We will continue to work hard with our partners to protect children like baby Ava from harm, to educate and support parents, but ultimately to protect and safeguard children, to be their voice, and to prevent tragic cases such as this."
This is a horrifying story and another strong indication that the UK justice system needs work, why both of the parents are not facing murder charges, we do not know.