Dad Shakes Baby To Death, Tells GF Strange Noise Was Him 'Dropping The Remote'

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A father found guilty of murdering his own baby told his girlfriend the thud she heard from the other room was him "dropping the remote."

Daniel Sanzone, of Wolverhampton in the UK, shook Joshua Millinson so hard he caused brain damage. Doctors said the damage was so severe that it was actually some of the worst they had ever seen.

During the trial, the jury heard a harrowing 911 call made by the child's mother, Zoe Howell, on October 24 last year.

A frustrated operator can be heard asking Howell if the 13-day-old infant is breathing.

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When the operator stresses Howell perform CPR, the distressed mother says she does not want to go over to where the baby is.

Sanzone then tells the 911 advisor to hold on for "two minutes." The operator replies,

You need to do this now. You have not got time for "two minutes."

Neuropathologist Daniel Du Plessis described the horrifying injuries to the jury. He said,

No part of his brain was spared injury. These were devastating, severe and irreversible injuries incompatible with survival due to some episode where the brain was deprived of blood and oxygen supply. It was the period where there was insufficient or no supply to his brain that led to this damage.

He concluded,

If you look at the whole picture, he stopped breathing and his heart stopped because of a traumatic injury on the brain and spine which led to a cardiac arrest which led to brain damage.

The baby was kept on life support for around a month before the courts ordered for it to be switched off.

Sanzone was found guilty of murder and sentenced to a minimum of 15 years in prison.

Sanzone has already received multiple death threats, reports the BBC.

Ms Howell was cleared of any wrongdoing.

Citations: BBC, MailOnline