Father who murdered baby daughter in Peterborough is jailed for life
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A man who admitted murdering his nine-week-old daughter has been jailed for life and must serve a minimum of 22 years.
Aurimas Medvedevas, 23, inflicted brutal injuries on baby Aukse after being left alone with her at their home in Clifton Avenue, West Town, Peterborough, on Thursday, September 5 last year.
The baby suffered injuries including cuts and bruises all over her body and a post mortem examination described them as being consistent with those sustained in a car crash.
Her 24-year-old mother returned home at about 10.30pm to find her cold and unresponsive in her cot and she was taken to Peterborough City Hospital by both parents, arriving at A&E at about 12.30am on September 6. However, the baby was dead on arrival.
A few hours later both parents were arrested at the hospital, after a doctor expressed concern at the number and severity of the baby’s injuries.
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Today, Medvedevas was jailed for life at the Old Bailey.
He had been standing trial but he changed his plea to guilty on Friday.
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Supt Jon Hutchinson, from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, said: “The appalling nature of this crime has been reflected in the sentence handed down to Medvedevas today.
“Medvedevas did not want to look after his daughter and his response was brutally violent. The baby’s injuries were likened to those suffered in a car crash or as a result of being dropped from a one-storey building.
“He failed to seek assistance that could have saved her life and then refused to tell the truth on arrest and right through the legal process.
“Aukse’s mother is continuing to rebuild her life and I hope the conclusion of the legal process today and the knowledge that justice has been done makes that process a little easier.”