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Mother who murdered her 19-day-old son jailed for life Mother who murdered her 19-day-old son jailed for life
  • Baby Jake Brown was found to have suffered a number of horrific injuries 
  • He had bruises, a fractured skull, a brain haemorrhage and bleeding to his eyes
  • His mother, Nicola, rung 999 and said he had fallen out of a baby basket
  • She was given a minimum of 14-and-a-half years at Winchester Crown Court

A mother who murdered her 19-day-old baby son with a blow to the head and tried to cover her tracks by lying that he had fallen was has been sentenced to life in prison.

Nicola Brown, 43, will have to serve a minimum of 14 and a half years for the fatal attack on her baby son Jake Young after subjecting him to a catalogue of abuse.

At an earlier hearing, the court heard the attack on little Jake exactly two years ago included a blow of 'astonishing force' to his head with a hard object.

 Nicola Brown attacked her baby soJake Young was subjected to a catalogue of abuse 

Nicola Brown, pictured left, attacked her baby son Jake Young, right, after subjecting him to a catalogue of abuse

The youngster was found to have suffered a number of horrific injuries, including bruises to his scalp, a fractured skull, a bilateral brain haemorrhage and bleeding to his eyes.

Experts examining his body after his death found he also had 17 fractures to his ribs, and the prosecution claimed he was 'probably shaken'.

Following the attack on Jake, the court heard Brown phoned 999 and told paramedics Jake was 'not very well' after 'falling from his baby basket the day before'.

 
 The 43-year-old will serve a minimum of fourteen-and-a-half years

The 43-year-old will serve a minimum of fourteen-and-a-half years

Jake - who took his mother's maiden name - suffered 'rapid' traumatic injuries consistent with blows to the head on the day of his death on December 19, 2014.

During the three-week long trial, jurors heard Brown, from Portsmouth, Hampshire, sob in court as a recording of her 999 call was played.

She said: 'My baby is not breathing. Yesterday he was knocked out of the baby basket - he's definitely not breathing.

'He's 19 days old and I didn't think there was anything wrong with him when he was knocked out of the baby basket.'

She was today sentenced at Winchester Crown Court to life imprisonment and must serve a minimum of 14 years and six months. 

Brown had denied murder but was convicted by a jury.


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