Killer dad hurled 4-week-old baby into cot yelling 'don't leave me with a f***ing screaming baby' then downed a beer
27th September 2021

A KILLER dad hurled his four-week-old baby into a cot telling his partner "don't leave me with a f***ing screaming baby" before downing a beer.

Dean Smith, 46, threw tiny Maisie Newell across her bedroom and killed her because he was furious he had been left to look after her on his own on 26 August 2000.


Following the violent attack, Smith then calmly lit a cigarette, drank a beer and switched on his Playstation at the two-bedroom flat in Edgware, North West London.

His partner, who cannot be named for legal reasons, came home from her friend's house and checked on Maisie – but did not notice anything was wrong until a couple of hours later.

Maisie was rushed to hospital with dreadful injuries to her skull and spine leaving her handicapped for life.

Adoptive parents cared for her until she eventually died at home with them just before her 14th birthday on 28 June 2014.

Smith admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm after the attack and was locked up for three years in 2001 before a murder investigation was launched following her death 13 years later.

He was cleared of murder following a retrial at the Old Bailey after admitting manslaughter.

The first jury had failed to reach a verdict on the murder charge last September.

Dressed in a navy suit, Smith wept with relief as the jury announced its verdict after deliberating for 11 hours and 58 minutes.

He was bailed ahead of sentence on November 12.

Sally O'Neill, prosecuting, said: "He used to refer to Maisie as ''The Bitch'' but claimed it was in jest.

"Maisie Williams was four weeks old, her injuries were caused when he threw her across the bedroom into her wooden cot, where she hit her head.

"His words to her as she left were "Don't leave me with a f***ing screaming baby for hours".

Smith had a 'fit of temper' when he couldn't stop Maisie crying, the threw her into her wooden cot around four of five feet away, standing in the bedroom doorway, the court heard.

He drank a beer and smoked a cigarette as she lay gravely injured until Maisie's mother returned around an hour-and-half later at 4:30pm.

Ms O'Neill continued: "She had been gravely injured by what her father had done to her, but she survived, albeit with very serious and life-changing injuries.

"There is no dispute her death was caused as a result of her injuries.

KILLER DAD

"He said to police he had thrown her from her bedroom door into the cot and she headbutted the cot.

When police said that is quite a throw, he said: "Yes, what am I going to do.

"I lost my temper and I screwed up in a big way."

Giving evidence, Smith's partner said: "Dean panicked. He was crying. I knew then that something was wrong."

She desperately tried to revive the baby by "calling her name, gently rubbing her belly, and rocking her in my arms."

"He was just panicking, panicking. I could not wake her up. I think she had a little, I cannot remember, a little mark to her head."

Smith denied intending to kill his daughter and wept as he told the court: "I just wanted her to sleep, I just wanted her to settle down."

Describing himself as "a low-life scumbag," the dad claimed he had tried to kill himself while on remand for the assault in 2000 – but that it had been a "half-hearted attempt."

In his closing speech Zafar Ali QC, defending Smith, told jurors: "He may have struck you as completely broken. You may almost feel his total despair.

"He told you he hasn't really been living the last 21 years, just going through the motions.

"He just wants all this over and told you that in the witness box. He knows what he has done, he has killed his daughter."

Smith, of Hertforshire, denied and was cleared of murder.

He admitted the alternative lesser charge of manslaughter.

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