Father admits to killing his four-month-old baby after shaking him so hard it caused internal injuries
Father, 23, admits to murdering his four-month-old son after shaking him so hard that he sustained serious injuries from not settling at night
- Brandon Lee Harris, 23, has pleaded guilty to manslaughter for killing son Kobe
- Harris was imprisoned for four years in 2019 for violent assault on the boy in 2018
- He was arrested again in prison in August when Kobe died – will be sentenced in June
- Harris said Kobe fell and hit his head, but later admitted he shook his son twice
- It caused brain damage, severe spastic quadriplegia, epilepsy and blindness
A father who shook his baby for failing to settle at night has pleaded guilty to manslaughter after the boy died of his injuries a year later.
South Australian man Brandon Lee Harris, 23, was sentenced to four years in prison with an 18-month release for the serious assault of his son Kobe in May 2018.
Kobe died of his injuries in August last year after being kept alive. His father was arrested again in prison and charged with manslaughter three months later.
Harris will be sentenced in the Supreme Court in June.
Brandon Lee Harris (photo), 23, pleaded guilty to manslaughter after shaking his son so hard that he later died of critical injuries
The baby was initially taken to the emergency room of Kadina, on the Yorke Peninsula, where Harris told a nurse that his son was “breathing funny.”
Kobe was taken to a doctor who noted he had dilated pupils, irregular breathing, and a bruise on the wrist.
The baby was admitted to Wallaroo Hospital, where he was placed for CPR and had seizures.
He was transferred to the Women’s and Children’s Hospital, where a pediatrician found that he had “significant neurological disorders.”
The same doctor found that Kobe had bleeding, swelling, and bleeding in the brain, consistent with the baby shaking vigorously.
He was left with several critical injuries, including brain damage, severe spastic quadriplegia, epilepsy and blindness, The advertiser reports.
Harris (photo) initially said that baby Kobe had hit his head on a chair by throwing himself back, but later admitted he shook his son when he didn’t want to settle down
Harris initially said that the baby had thrown himself back during a feeding and bumped his head on the armrest of a chair, but later admitted that he shook the baby twice if he didn’t sleep at night.
Harris, who worked as a cleaner, also said he had shoved a bottle into the baby’s mouth in frustration and possibly caused an injury to his tongue and lip and to his collarbone.
He pleaded guilty to reckless recklessness and caused serious damage, and that lawsuit was closed while the baby was still alive.
During his first conviction in July last year, the court judge, Rauf Soulio, accepted that Harris was genuinely repentant and had no intention of harming his child, yet he had failed as a parent.
“Given the baby’s age, he was most vulnerable,” he said.
“As a father, it was your duty to protect him and protect him from harm, not to hurt him.”
Kobe later died of critical injuries, including brain damage, severe spastic quadriplegia, epilepsy, and blindness (stock image)