Killer dad jailed for 61/2 years
WINDSOR — A Windsor man who pleaded for forgiveness before being sentenced Tuesday for killing his infant son two years ago was told by the judge to go somewhere else to seek mercy.
“Forgiveness is not something I'm here for,” Superior Court Justice Bruce Thomas responded. “Forgiveness is something you will need to find elsewhere.”
Thomas, the regional senior judge for Ontario's southwest region, sentenced the man to six years for killing his sevenweek-old son “in a moment of frustration and anger” and handed him an additional six months of incarceration for assaulting the child's twin brother at that same time on June 7, 2019.
Originally charged with murder, the man pleaded guilty in January to manslaughter in the death of one of the infants and to assault for facial injuries inflicted on the other boy.
A court-imposed publication ban prevents naming the parents or publishing information that could identify the victims.
The court heard that the father, now 29, had returned home from his job as a farm labourer that day and was resting in the bedroom with the babies while his wife cooked dinner. The infants were assaulted a short time later when they wouldn't stop crying.
The father brought one of the boys — his eyes rolled back and “clearly distressed” — into the kitchen and the family called a taxi and rushed to hospital.
The mother was initially also charged with murder as she tried to protect her husband when police began investigating what hospital staff deemed an obvious case of child abuse. She began co-operating with authorities after audio and video tapes police recovered from the taxi revealed a conversation between the parents detailing what had happened.
The one child died of severe brain injury from being violently shaken. The other child remains in the care of the Children's Aid Society.
In a victim impact statement read in court by assistant Crown attorney Elizabeth Brown, the mother described herself as a broken woman who now spends her time mostly alone and avoiding social settings. Her children, she said, were “my best moment ... now, I have nothing but their memories.”
The mother had come from South Asia in 2018 to study.
Her husband, whom she married a year earlier, joined her in 2019 and the twins were born two months later, six weeks prematurely.