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Life for cannabis-smoking father who shook baby to death

By Ben Mitchell

A father who murdered his baby daughter by "vigorously shaking" her after smoking cannabis has been jailed for life, to serve a minimum of 17 years.

The trial of Ross Conlin (29), of Sandy Lane, Farnborough, Hampshire, heard that he caused four-month-old Kiera Conlin to suffer a heart attack and bleeding to the brain while she was alone in his care on the bank holiday of May 6 last year.

His partner, Kelly-Marie Rayner, was acquitted at Winchester Crown Court of the charge of causing or allowing the death of a child.

Detective Chief Inspector Scott Clarke, of Hampshire Police, said: "The trial into the death of baby Kiera Conlin has been a harrowing and difficult experience for all those involved.We welcome this verdict and hope that Kiera's extended family have now got answers to at least some of the many questions they had around her untimely death.

"Kiera's death was at the hands of a man whom she most relied and depended upon for love and the most basic care. She was abused and horrendously let down by this man – her father.

"Without the abhorrent behaviour of her father, Kiera would still be alive today."

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