Birmingham & Black Country

Kurt Delves admits shaking baby daughter to death

A father has admitted shaking his 10-week-old baby to death because she would not stop crying.

Kurt Delves, from Regan Crescent, Stockland Green, Birmingham, repeatedly shook Harli Reid with sufficient force to cause devastating brain injuries.

Birmingham Crown Court heard Delves, 22, shook Harli her "in frustration" in December 2010. She died in hospital.

Delves initially denied the charge of manslaughter but pleaded guilty on the first day of his trial, police said.

He had claimed he was giving Harli a bath when he splashed water in her face and she flinched and became floppy, police said.

'Loss of control'

Delves had claimed he shook her lightly in an attempt to wake her when it happened, on 17 December 2010.

He was arrested at the time and Harli was put on life support at Birmingham Children's Hospital but died the following day, police said.

Det Con Lyndsey Yates said: "Delves was said to be very hands-on with his baby and would often take the lead when bathing, feeding and changing nappies.

"But in what appears to have been a momentary loss of control he snapped and shook his daughter in frustration at being unable to stop her crying."

The court heard there were no social services concerns around Delves or his then partner, police said.

Delves is due to be sentenced in November.

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