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Bucks man guilty of killing his 8-week-old baby girl

Bucks man guilty of killing his 8-week-old baby girl

Published by the Mix96 News Team at 4:39pm 5th November 2019. (Updated at 4:40pm 5th November 2019)

A man from Buckinghamshire has been found guilty of killing his eight-week-old baby girl.

Kevin Eves, 37, of Coppice Farm Road in Penn, High Wycombe, was convicted of the murder of his daughter Harper Denton at the Central Criminal Court in London today (5th Nov).

What happened?

  • On 12 June 2018 at around 6.05am, an ambulance was called to an address in Wixams, Bedford where Eves lived at the time, to a report of an unresponsive baby girl who wasn't breathing.
  • Baby Harper was taken to Bedford Hospital and despite attempts to resuscitate her, she was sadly pronounced dead shortly after arrival. 
  • Three days later, examination results showed that Harper had a number of bone fractures to her ribs, arms, legs and feet. 

Eves was arrested on 19 June 2018, and during his interview he denied knowledge of how Harper received her injuries. He was subsequently released on bail.

Her injuries

The pathology report showed that the bruises and fractures the baby had were of differing ages and suggested a pattern of inflicted trauma in a child who wasn't mobile yet. 

Results from a post-mortem examination were unable to ascertain a cause of death, but the court heard that an expert found the evidence was consistent with smothering.

Following the findings, Eves was further arrested and charged with murder. He was convicted by a majority verdict following a jury trial and will be sentenced tomorrow (Wednesday).

Detective Inspector Dani Bailey from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit said:

"This has been a very sad and emotive case; one of the worst I have had to deal with.

"This was clearly heart-breaking for all involved, especially Harper's mother and the huge impact the loss of her baby daughter has had on her.

"Baby Harper suffered immensely in her short life at the hands of the person who should have been protecting and looking after her. The injuries she sustained were horrific and the fact they were deliberate is even more shocking. 

"I am pleased that Eves has been convicted for this heinous crime and I hope his sentence reflects the severity of his actions. We have worked hard to ensure that Eves has been held accountable for his actions and has been brought to justice."  

Eves was previously convicted of causing grievous bodily harm to a two-year-old child in 2006 when living in Bournemouth and using his original name Kevin Forbes. 

He was found guilty at Bournemouth Crown Court on 11 October and was sentenced to nine years in prison and released in 2010.

Eves' case is subject to a Serious Case Review by Bedford Borough Safeguarding Children Board, which is due to be published this month.

An NSPCC spokesperson for the East of England said:

“This a horrific case where ultimately a defenceless baby girl lost her life due to the brutal actions of the very man who should have been protecting her and our thoughts are with her family today. 

“Babies and young children are entirely reliant on those around them so we all have a duty to be alert to signs of abuse and report any concerns we may have.

"The NSPCC Helpline is available for adults to call confidentially for advice and support on 0808 800 5000 or via help@nspcc.org.uk.”

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