Wycombe man Kevin Eves has been jailed at the Old Bailey today for life with a minimum term of 20 years for killing his baby daughter after he was convicted by a majority verdict following a jury trial.

The twisted 37-year-old, of Coppice Farm Road in Penn, High Wycombe, was convicted of the murder of his daughter Harper Denton at the Old Bailey in London yesterday and was sentenced this morning.

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On June 12 2018 at around 6.05am, an ambulance was called to an address in Wixams, Bedfordshire, where Eves lived at the time, to a report of an unresponsive baby girl who wasn’t breathing.

Harper was taken to Bedford Hospital and despite attempts to resuscitate her, she was sadly pronounced dead shortly after arrival. Eamination results showed three days later that Harper had a number of bone fractures to her ribs, arms, legs and feet.

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Eves was arrested on June 19 2018, and during his interview he denied knowledge of how Harper received her injuries. He was subsequently released on bail.

The pathology report showed that the bruises and fractures the baby had were of differing ages and suggested a pattern of inflicted trauma in a child who wasn’t mobile yet.

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Results from a post-mortem examination were unable to ascertain a cause of death, but the court heard that an expert found the evidence was consistent with smothering.

An NSPCC spokesperson for the East of England said: “This a horrific case where ultimately a defenceless baby girl lost her life due to the brutal actions of the very man who should have been protecting her and our thoughts are with her family.

“Babies and young children are entirely reliant on those around them so we all have a duty to be alert to signs of abuse and report any concerns we may have. The NSPCC Helpline is available for adults to call confidentially for advice and support on 0808 800 5000 or via help@nspcc.org.uk.”