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Father caged for shaking tot to death

A father has been jailed for nine years for the manslaughter of his 12-week-old baby girl after shaking her in an extremely violent attack which left her with catastrophic brain injuries.

Tyler Vallance, who admitted the killing, was also sentenced to 18 months to run concurrently at Worcester Crown Court after pleading guilty to inflicting grievous bodily harm in a 2012 attack on little Isabella Vallance.

In the fatal assault, Vallance, (21) caused his daughter - who had successfully overcome a premature birth at 34 weeks - what sentencing Judge Robert Juckes QC called "catastrophic brain injuries leading to her very quickly losing consciousness" while still in his arms.

The child's mother, 20-year-old Jessica Wiggins, formerly of Heathfield Road, Redditch, was handed a nine-month jail term, suspended for 12 months, after she was convicted of allowing Isabella's death at the hands of her violent ex-partner Vallance.

Judge Juckes, sentencing Tyler Vallance, said he was a "violent and unpredictable" man who had issues with anger management and the condition attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), for which he took medication.

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