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MONSTER; Father blames pressure of parenthood for killing his baby son.

Byline: By SARAH CHAPMAN and JAMES GLOVER

A CHILD killer today claimed he murdered his baby because of the pressures of parenthood.

Liverpool crown court heard Ian Hunt stuffed a baby wipe down his seven-week-old son's throat because he could not cope with caring for him.

Hunt, 26, admitting murdering Christian and subjecting him to horrific sexual abuse.

Today defence barrister Andrew Menary QC claimed Hunt was deeply sorry for losing control of his emotions and attacking his young son.

He said: "When things got to him, rather than asking for help as he should have, he sometimes snapped.

"The result tragically was that Christian was hurt.

"Even the defendant cannot explain why he behaved in such a way towards Christian.

"This was not a case of wickedness but inadequacy."

Andrew Edis QC, prosecuting, t the court Christian was killed by Hunt last September 16 at his home in Gloucester Street, Parr, St Helens.

Christian's mother, Helen Goodwin, had gone out of the house for an hour when Hunt attacked the infant.

He stuffed a baby wipe so far down the child's throat that when an ambulance was called, paramedics could not see it to remove it.

Christian, who died from asphyxia, had injuries several days old, as well as wounds caused by sexual abuse.

He had eight fractured ribs, and cuts and bruises over the rest of his body.

The court heard his mother would not have been able to tell the baby's ribs were damaged, and she had no idea her partner was harming their child.

Hunt, who was due to go on trial yesterday, admitted he committed the sexual assault. But he claimed it was not for his own gratification, but to inflict pain on the baby.

Initially, Hunt claimed he was using the baby wipe to staunch blood and Christian swallowed it.

But an expert concluded the infant would not have had the capacity to swallow the tissue.

Hunt was remanded in custody to reappear at Liverpool crown court on March 28 for sentencing.

sarah.chapman@liverpoolecho.co.uk

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