New father faces jail for killing unplanned 15-week-old baby son

New father, 26, killed unplanned 15-week-old baby son he called ‘pleb’ by shaking him so hard his eyes bled

  • Matthew Jones, 26, found guilty of manslaughter of son Cody Jones-Williams
  • Baby had ‘catastrophic head injuries’ including brain swelling and 13 broken ribs
  • Jones was cleared of murder but found guilty of manslaughter following a trial 
  • Cody’s mother Paula Williams tells of his ‘big beautiful eyes and wonderful smile’

Electrical engineer Matthew Jones, 26, pictured with his son Cody Jones-Williams

A new father is facing jail for shaking his ‘perfectly healthy’ 15-week-old baby to death at home in an attack so severe that it made his eyes bleed.

Electrical engineer Matthew Jones, 26, of Ebbw Vale, South Wales, was found guilty yesterday of the manslaughter of his newborn son Cody Jones-Williams.

The baby, whom Jones called a ‘pleb’, suffered ‘catastrophic head injuries’ including brain swelling and bleeds on his spinal cord as well as 13 broken ribs.

Cody’s mother Paula Williams, also 26, had left him with his father while she visited her sister nearby – but Jones called her, screaming: ‘It’s the baby, I don’t know what is wrong.’

Newport Crown Court heard Jones claimed he had accidentally dropped Cody onto the bed in December 2016 when the baby ‘pushed off his chest’.

Jones is pictured with his partner Paula Williams while she was pregnant (left) with Cody (right)

Cody’s mother Paula Williams (left) and Cody’s grandmother Julie Williams (right) are pictured outside Newport Crown Court in South Wales yesterday following the conviction

Jones said: ‘He fell onto the top of his neck, fell back onto the mattress with his legs in the air. His legs then came over with his body weight on top of him.’

The court heard Jones, who worked long hours at the Royal Glamorgan Hospital, had a temper triggered by lack of sleep – which his mother called his ‘white rage’. 

Jones was cleared of murder but found guilty of manslaughter following a trial. 

Paul Lewis QC, prosecuting, said Miss Williams had returned home on December 7 to find Cody ‘floppy’ and he was rushed to hospital.

A post-mortem examination gave the cause of death as ‘a catastrophic head injury’ and Cody’s injuries were referred to a specialist.

Jones, pictured with Cody, was cleared of murder but found guilty of manslaughter after a trial

Mr Lewis said: ‘He concluded that what was to be seen was likely to be due to an episode of abusive head trauma, involving a shaking mechanism.’

Mr Lewis said Cody had also suffered ‘older injuries’ including a fractured shoulder, broken ribs and a bleed on the brain. Cody died the next day on December 8.

Jones broke down in tears as he was convicted. He was remanded in custody to be sentenced at a later date.

After the case, Miss Williams said in a statement read by police: ‘It’s extremely difficult for me to have to write or speak about what’s happened to my perfect son.

Miss Williams said Cody ‘was, and still is, a much-loved son, grandson, nephew and cousin’

‘Cody was, and still is, a much-loved son, grandson, nephew and cousin. He was perfect. He had big beautiful eyes and a wonderful smile that caught everyone’s attention. His death has affected me and my family in so many ways.’ 

Susan Crossley from the Crown Prosecution Service said: ‘Throughout this case, there have been several explanations from Matthew Jones as to the cause of Cody’s injuries whilst in his sole care.

‘The expert evidence called by the CPS showed that it was highly doubtful these explanations would result in the fatal injuries.

‘Cody had everything to live for and that chance was taken away by his own father. It is difficult to imagine the heartbreak the family has gone through and our thoughts are firmly with them.’

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