A grieving mother whose baby boy was shaken to death by his own father in a fit of rage has shared a heartbreaking image of her beloved son hours before his death.
The picture shows six-month-old Ruben Sweet-Harris lying in a hospital bed clutching his favourite Piglet toy, having suffered two aneurisms as a result of the ordeal.
Just hours later he became one of the 25 babies killed in Britain in 2017, reports Plymouth Herald.
Now, seven months after her former parter was jailed for manslaughter, mum Aisha Harris is set to appear on a new Channel 4 Show on Monday, which will be highlighting the human cost of violent crimes.
Lee Sweet, 26, was sentenced to five years and four months behind bars at Plymouth Crown Court after pleading guilty to manslaughter.
The length of his sentence prompted Aisha and her family to launch a campaign seeking to increase the sentences of similar crimes.
Speaking on the program “A Year of British Murder”, Aisha, 20, said: “It feels like a strange TV episode that I don’t have the script for.
“I don’t know what I’m meant to say or do. I think my brain is very good at covering things up. I know what’s happened, but I don’t think its real.
“I knew I was an amazing mum, but it was so much easier thinking he was taken off me by social services and having that chance to see him again.
“But you can’t sit and live in your little fantasy land and pretend hi’s with his grandparents or he’s with his aunties and uncles or taken off you by social.
That’s one thing that I did imagine for so long because you don’t want to be able to say goodbye to your own child.
During her former partner’s trial, Aisha bravely told the Plymouth Courtroom she’d considered committing suicide in the wake of her son’s death.
Sweet had been looking after Reuben on his own in May 2017, but suddenly became incensed when the little boy wouldn’t stop crying.
He gripped Reuben by the ribs and shook him back and forth until the boy fell unconscious.
The 26-year-old called an ambulance, but it was too late.
Reuben died three days after from his injuries.
High Court Judge Justice James Dingemans jailed Sweet for five years and four months.
He added: “No sentence I can pass can possibly reflect the loss suffered by Ruben, Miss Harris or her family.”
The Harris family are hoping to increase the minimum sentence for manslaughter up to 15 years.