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'Perfect dad' killed his own baby in 'moment of madness' HE'LL BE SENTENCED TODAY FOR SHAKING 2-MONTH-OLD TO DEATH.

Byline: ELWYN ROBERTS Daily Post Correspondent welshnews@dailypost.co.uk

A "PERFECT father" whose baby died after he vigorously shook him in a "moment of madness" is to be sentenced today.

Sean John Michael Mullender, 23, said he found his two-monthold son Daniel limp and lifeless in his chair, but doctors found he'd been subjected to "severe rotational movement of the head" which had caused brain damage and bleeding.

Nine rib fractures were also found, indicating he'd been gripped hard and shaken.

Mullender, of Bryn Lane, Connah's Quay, denied murder but his earlier guilty plea to manslaughter was accepted by the prosecution. He said he caused the injuries "on the spur of the moment" and while he could not recall losing his temper, accepted that he must have done.

Prosecutor Paul Lewis told Mold Crown Court the baby had been seen by health professionals during his short life and no injuries were noted and there was no concern for his development or safety.

Mullender was spoken of in positive terms by family members - Daniel's grandad Alexander Templeton described him as a doting dad and his grandmother Julie Templeton said he was "a perfect father".

Overnight on October 1 2014, Daniel had been in the care of his grandparents at their home in Connah's Quay. His parents picked him up at 9.50am and at 10.40am Daniel's mother Fiona left to pick a wedding dress with her mother and sister.

Fiona rang Mullender at 11.30am and Daniel could be heard crying and screaming. Mullender said: "I just need to feed him."

But within minutes Mullender went to neighbour Rhona Smith carrying Daniel, who was lifeless in his arms and appeared not to be breathing. She administered first aid while Mullender dialled 999 and paramedics found him limp and lifeless but breathing.

At hospital in Chester, Mullender claimed he had settled Daniel, went to the toilet leaving him in the lounge, and when he came down he said Daniel had stopped breathing.

Daniel was transferred to Alder Hey Children's Hospital, Liverpool, where he died that afternoon. Mr Lewis said Daniel had suffered traumatic head injuries caused by vigorous shaking.

Patrick Harrington, defending, said his client had no intention to kill and that he loved his child.

"Something went wrong which he acknowledges by his guilty plea... the evidence is overwhelming that he shook the child and he accepts that he did," he said.

He had now lost everything he had and realised his marriage was over. The couple had been married after the death of their son, a second child had been conceived but he knew he was unlikely ever to see his new baby.

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Sean Mullender, 23, said he caused baby Daniel's fatal injuries 'on the spur of the moment'

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