Inverness father Thomas Haining killed his 23-day-old daughter Mikayla jailed ...

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Thomas Haining (pictured outside the High Court in Edinburgh on September 5), now 21, was 19, when he killed his baby daughter Mikayla

Thomas Haining (pictured outside the High Court in Edinburgh on September 5), now 21, was 19, when he killed his baby daughter Mikayla 

A teenage father has been jailed for eight years after he googled 'what happens when a baby is shaked hard' and inflicted fatal injuries on his newborn daughter.

Thomas Haining, who was 19 at the time, stayed up on the night on June 7 2017 to look after 23-day-old Mikayla. 

With the baby's mother, his ex-girlfriend Shannon Davies, asleep upstairs at their Inverness home, he took the baby outside in her Moses basket. 

He claimed she had been crying more than usual when they tried to feed her and suffering from diarrhoea for two or three days. 

But Edinburgh's High Court heard he had googled: 'What happens when a newborn is shaked hard' and 'baby took a panic attack and now she's unresponsive' just an hour before he woke Ms Davies to say she had 'gone floppy'. 

She was later found to have died from a trauma to the head.  

He was today sentenced to eight years in prison after his original murder charge was reduced to culpable homicide, to which he pleaded guilty. 

Paramedics were called to the family home in Inverness and took Mikayla to hospital where she was placed in intensive care with a ventilator, having suffered a cardiac arrest as a result of the head trauma.

Later on June 8 2017, she was taken off life support and placed into her mother's arms where she died at 4.46pm.

With the baby's mother, his ex-girlfriend Shannon Davies (outside same court today), asleep upstairs at their Inverness home, he took the baby outside in her Moses basket and googled: 'What happens when a newborn is shaked hard', the court heard

With the baby's mother, his ex-girlfriend Shannon Davies (outside same court today), asleep upstairs at their Inverness home, he took the baby outside in her Moses basket and googled: 'What happens when a newborn is shaked hard', the court heard

After two years of denying he had killed his daughter, Crown prosecutors accepted a guilty plea from Haining to the charge of culpable homicide on September 5.

Shelagh McCall QC, representing Haining,

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