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Uncle, 31, who shook his baby nephew to death guilty of manslaughter

Uncle, 31, who shook his three-month-old nephew to death while the baby’s mother was on the school run is found guilty of manslaughter

  • Arlo Breslin died after suffering a ‘catastrophic head injury’ in Stoke in 2018 
  • A post-mortem found that Arlo had died of a catastrophic head injury, caused by non-accidental shaking, and his uncle James Scott was arrested by police
  • Scott had been looking after his nephew while his sister was on the school run 
  • He was found guilty of manslaughter on Friday after a trial, and will be sentenced on Monday, December 13

A man has been found guilty of shaking his baby nephew to death while his mother was on the school run.

Three-month-old Arlo Breslin died after suffering a ‘catastrophic head injury’ at a house in the Stoke area of Coventry, in June 2018.

His uncle James Scott, 31, was on Friday found guilty of manslaughter after a trial at Warwick Crown Court.

Baby Arlo Breslin (pictured) died after suffering a ‘catastrophic head injury’ at a house in Stoke, Coventry, in June 2018. His uncle has been found guilty of manslaughter

The court was told Scott was looking after three-month-old Arlo on the morning of June 29, 2021 when the fatal injury happened.

Scott’s sister was taking her three older children to school and left her son Arlo in the care of her brother while Arlo’s father went to work.

When she returned home around an hour later, Scott was screaming her name and holding Arlo in his arms. The baby wasn’t moving and an ambulance was called.

Arlo was rushed to hospital in cardiac arrest but despite the best efforts of medics died two days later at Birmingham Children’s Hospital. 

A post-mortem found that Arlo had died of a catastrophic head injury, caused by non-accidental shaking.

Scott was arrested by officers, with police carrying out a complex investigation that eventually led to him being charged with murder. 

Scott denied shaking his nephew or causing any injuries. 

He claimed the baby had been sleeping, but when he went to check on him he was convulsing and having a fit.

James Scott, 31, was on Friday found guilty of manslaughter after a trial at Warwick Crown Court. Scott denied shaking his nephew or causing any injuries. He claimed the baby had been sleeping, but when he went to check on him he was convulsing and having a fit. But after a complex investigation, he was eventually charged with murder

A jury found Scott, of Coventry, not guilty of murder, but guilty of the alternative charge of manslaughter and he will be sentenced on Monday.

Arlo’s family said in a statement afterwards: ‘Our special baby boy, our warrior. Arlo is our miracle baby who we love very, very much. We will never ever forget you sweetheart. Sleep tight our angel. Keep shining down on us all.’

Detective Inspector Michelle Allen, of West Midlands Police, said: ‘Little Arlo was a healthy and happy baby who was dearly loved by his parents and family who have been left utterly heartbroken from this tragedy.

‘This has been a tremendously sad case for us to investigate and has had a profound effect on the family.

‘No parent ever expects to lose a child, particularly not at the hands of another person especially when they are a trusted family member.

‘I hope that the verdict provides them with some comfort and allows them to start coming to terms with their loss, our thoughts remain with them.’ 

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