Great Yarmouth man convicted of death of his own son who died six years after he was shaken

Kevin Toye at Norwich Crown Court. Picture: Denise Bradley

Kevin Toye at Norwich Crown Court. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

A father has been warned he faces a significant jail term after he was convicted of the manslaughter of his son who died from complications six years after he was shaken as a baby.

Baylee Varley was less than a month old when he suffered serious injuries which included brain damage, rib fractures and sight loss from being shaken.

Following his admission to hospital in February 23, 2008, he remained in a vegetative state until his death on March 18, 2014.

His father, Kevin Toye of St Nicholas Road, Great Yarmouth, was convicted of manslaughter by a jury at Norwich Crown Court on Wednesday following a 16-day trial.

Detectives from the joint Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team (MIT) charged 29-year-old Toye with manslaughter in September 2015 in connection with the death of Baylee.


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Following his death in 2014, a Home Office post-mortem was carried out giving the cause of death as 'bronchopneumonia as a consequence of long term complications of head injury'.

Detectives reopened the investigation resulting in the eventual charge of Toye.

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Detective Constable Mike Proctor, of the joint MIT, said: 'This has been an extremely tragic investigation from the very beginning, an investigation which has spanned several years and resulted in the eventual conviction of a father for the death of his own son.

'Baylee's early death was sadly inevitable given the extent of the catastrophic injuries he suffered when only a few weeks old. Our intention throughout this investigation has been to give Baylee a voice and to seek appropriate justice for him.'

Toye will be sentenced on Thursday at Norwich Crown Court.

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