A BARNSLEY man has been sentenced to life in prison for murdering his 11-month-old son.

Michael Carl Beaumont, 29, was sentenced at Sheffield Crown Court on Wednesday morning.

A jury found Beaumont, of Chapel Street, Hoyland, guilty of murdering Kadan and was told to serve a minimum of 18 years.

The jury also found Kadan's mum, Helen Barnes, 28, guilty of neglect and she was sentenced to six months in prison suspended for 12 months.

Emergency services were called to the family home in Hoyland at 10am on September 28, 2011, following reports that the 11-month-old had been unwell.

The boy was taken to Barnsley Hospital and later transported to Sheffield Children’s Hospital, where he died.

During the trial, the court heard how Beaumont had claimed that his son had been knocked over by the family dog in order to disguise the horrific injuries that he had inflicted upon the 11-month-old.