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Father jailed for killing baby
Andrew Ashurst
Andrew Ashurst was jailed for three years
A father who shook his baby daughter to death because she would not sleep, has been jailed for three years.

Andrew Ashurst, 22, of Formby Avenue, Atherton, Greater Manchester, admitted manslaughter to Liverpool Crown Court earlier this month.

Five-week-old Leah Alderige suffered massive brain damage and died on Christmas Day 2002.

Her grandmother Lorraine Kidd said her family was disgusted Ashurst did not get a life sentence.

She said: "We believe it should be a life for a life and now is the time for a change in the law."

Leah Aldridge
Leah Aldridge suffered severe brain damage
Leah had a cold and difficulty sleeping when Andrew Ashurst tried to settle her on 23 December, 2002.

She was limp and struggling for breath when he handed her back to her mother Janine Aldridge, the court had heard.

Mr David Lane QC, for Ashurst, said it was a single violent act by his client who had lost control after drinking and having a series of arguments.

"Seeing Andrew go to prison today will not bring Leah back, but it will hopefully bring some closure to the nightmare her family have been living since Christmas Day 2002," said Detective Sergeant Lyndon Wright from Leigh CID.

Father admits killing baby girl
05 May 04  |  Manchester


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