12:35PM, Friday 24 January 2014
A mum from Windsor has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of her baby and will serve a minimum of 14 years.
Emma Wilson, 25, of Paddock Close, appeared at the Old Bailey today.
Her 11-month-old son Callum died at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford on March 20, 2011.
He had been transferred there from Wexham Park Hospital in Slough, where he was taken two days previously.
He was born on April 23, 2010 and spent the first few months of his life with foster parents, before being returned to Wilson in November 2010.
During the trial the jury was told 'a series of violent acts' by Wilson killed Callum.
He died after suffering 'unsurvivable brain injuries' from an impact to his head.
A post mortem examination showed he had sustained fractures to his ribs, an arm and his leg 10-14 days before he was taken to hospital, and there was evidence they had been refractured.
Sentencing Wilson, His Honour Judge Stephen Kramer QC said: "You are still 25 years old and were, until your conviction, a person of good character. The court heard about that from a range of witnesses, coming from a loving and supportive large family.
"Clearly you were a good mother to your other child but you rejected Callum and acted against him. If looking after two children was too much for you there was a support system in the shape of your family.
"Callum was vulnerable and you were responsible for looking after him. You must have been the person who caused him the injuries which in the last 10-14 days of his life caused him much misery and you must have been responsible for the injuries on March 17, 2011, from which he died."
See next week's Express for a full report from the sentencing.
Speaking after the sentencing, Detective Superintendent Ian Hunter from Thames Valley Police, said: "The sentence today is a reflection of the abuse Callum suffered at the hands of someone entrusted to care for him and the pain he must have felt during his short life.
"It also reflects on the dedication and efforts of the investigating officers and prosecution team to deliver justice for Callum during what was a difficult and emotional case for many of them.
"Of course, sadly it does not bring Callum back and our thoughts will always remain with him."
Adrian Foster, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "This was an extremely difficult and complex case to prosecute. Without any eye witnesses, we needed lengthy and highly technical evidence from top medical experts to help provide an explanation as to why this baby died. This evidence enabled the prosecution to piece together what had happened and exclude any possible innocent explanation for the baby's death.
"We have worked closely with Thames Valley Police since this investigation was launched and as a result of the hard work and diligence of the prosecution team, a just outcome has been achieved for baby Callum. We hope that the conviction and sentence will in some way help his extended family come to terms with this tragic event."
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