Bristol man convicted of killing baby daughter

  • 12 December 2013
  • From the section Bristol

A man has been found guilty of killing his 16-week-old daughter.

Paris Vince-Stephens was either shaken to death or suffered a blow to the head at the hands of 25-year-old William Stephens, who is from the Bristol area.

She died three days after she was admitted to hospital in January.

Stephens was convicted of manslaughter by a Bristol Crown Court jury and is due to be sentenced on 13 December. Paris's mother Danah Vince, 19, was cleared over her daughter's death.

'Protect unborn Paris'

The court heard that Stephens and Ms Vince, who was acquitted of causing or allowing Paris's death, had a "volatile" relationship, used drugs and could be violent.

Bristol social services and health workers had been working with them for at least a year.

While pregnant with Paris, Ms Vincent had signed two "voluntary agreements" with social workers, which included banning Stephens from her home.

Christopher Quinlan QC, prosecuting, told the jury the purpose "was to protect unborn Paris from the risk of domestic abuse".

Despite the agreements, the court heard there was evidence that Stephens was still living with Ms Vince at her flat.

And in November 2012, following a disturbance at the flat, Mr Quinlan said Stephens had been handed a six-month restraining order to keep away.

On the day Paris suffered the fatal injuries, Ms Vince told police that Stephens had come to the flat and she had left her with him.

That afternoon, Paris was admitted to hospital having suffered "catastrophic and fatal head injuries".

The Bristol Safeguarding Children Board has started a serious case review, the results of which are due to be published next year.

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