Dad who shook baby to death then blamed girlfriend is jailed for life

A father who shook an eight-week-old baby to death before trying to blame his girlfriend has been jailed for life.

Oliver Mailey, 26, shook Abel-Jax Mailey on at least two occasions while looking after him alone in November 2021.

Doctors said Abel’s injuries were inflicted with the same force as a car crash. Mailey told the baby’s mum that her son had gone limp after a feed and then repeated the lie to doctors and cops.

Mum Mollie Gorton had raced home through the snow to find paramedics battling to save her son on November 28.

He was rushed to Royal Blackburn Hospital and was later transferred to Manchester Children’s Hospital where he died on November 30.

A Home Office post-mortem examination was conducted and following further tests, established he died of a head injury.

Yesterday, Mailey was found guilty of murder and this morning he was jailed for life with a minimum of 16 years.

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