Dad who killed his baby walks free from court

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A father who killed his six-week-old baby by throwing him in the air and dropping him on his head has walked free from court.

Shakeel Hussain,24, was playing with his son, Mohammed Ismail, when the accident happened on January 5 last year.

The baby, who was born in Wakefield, later died.

Hussain, who has learning difficulties, was at first charged with murder and causing or allowing the death of a child, which he denied.

Mohammed Ismail’s mother, Rabeel Malik, was also charged with murder but the charge was also later dropped.

Hussain pleaded guilty to manslaughter at Manchester Crown Court.

Today, he was given a 16-month jail sentence, suspended for two years, and will be supervised by the probation service for 18 months. He had already spent 228 days in custody.

Hussain must also pay a £100 victim surcharge.

Judge Andrew Gilbart said he treated the case as one of “gross negligence”.

Hussain and Malik had lived in College Grove before moving to the Heaton area of Bolton shortly before their baby died.