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Life sentence for man who murdered daughter

A man who murdered his malnourished mal·nour·ished
adj.
Affected by improper nutrition or an insufficient diet.
 baby daughter by placing her over his knee and snapping her spine in two following months of abuse was jailed for life yesterday with a minimum tariff of 22 years.

James Howson, 25, had denied murdering his 16-month-old daughter Amy at the family home in Edlington, Doncaster, last December.

He had admitted a charge of child cruelty by not seeking medical attention earlier, but was convicted of murder earlier this week at Leeds crown court.

He said his partner Tina Hunt, 26, who was given a 12-month suspended sentence A sentence given after the formal conviction of a crime that the convicted person is not required to serve.

In criminal cases a trial judge has the ability to suspend the sentence of a convicted person.
 after she admitted child cruelty, may have been responsible for the baby's injuries.

Sentencing Howson, Mrs Justice Cox said: "This was, in my view, a chilling and brutal attack. The bone was completely dislocated dis·lo·cate  
tr.v. dis·lo·cat·ed, dis·lo·cat·ing, dis·lo·cates
1. To put out of usual or proper place, position, or relationship.

2.
, resulting in spinal shock spinal shock,
n a reaction to a spinal cord injury in which the body's reflexes are lost, resulting in a limp paralysis below the point of injury. May last several hours.
, rapid unconsciousness - mercifully mer·ci·ful  
adj.
Full of mercy; compassionate: sought merciful treatment for the captives. See Synonyms at humane.



mer
 - and to death." The judge said she had not seen the slightest evidence of remorse Remorse
See also Regret.

Ayenbite of Inwit (Remorse of Conscience)

Middle English version of medieval moral treatise, c. 1340. [Br. Lit.
 and Howson showed no emotion as he was led away from the dock.

When arrested Howson told officers the child had fallen out of bed the previous night and banged her head. But the prosecution said the child's injuries indicated she must have been in extreme pain for weeks prior to death. The court was told how Howson had been violent towards women but had no previous convictions.

Adrian Waterman QC, defending, told the court that when Howson was expelled from school a teacher noted in a report: "This boy will commit a murder before too long. I've never seen a such a disturbed young man."

Outside court yesterday Detective Superintendent Carl Sturgess, who led the investigation, said: "The catalogue of horrific injuries have been some of the worst I have seen in 30 years of policing."
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