A BARNSLEY father has been jailed for nine years after admitting the manslaughter of his two-month-old son.

 

Anton Shields, 39, of Hardwick Crescent in Athersley South, was arrested at a house in Bamford, Derbyshire, and subsequently charged with murder, a charge he denied.

 

His baby son, Cody Shields-Holman, suffered ‘fatal head injuries’ and was airlifted to Sheffield Children’s Hospital on June 27, 2019 - he died two days later.

 

The day before his trial was set to begin, he pleaded guilty to manslaughter.

 

The plea was accepted and the murder charge was dropped after detailed discussions between Cody’s family, prosecutors and the police.

 

Shields was sentenced to nine years in jail at Derby Crown Court today (October 13).

 

Detective inspector Steve Bruce, who led the police investigation into the baby’s death, said: “My thoughts on this extremely difficult day go to Cody’s mother and family, whose lives were shattered by the actions of Anton Shields in those 15 minutes.”