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Father Who Beat His Newborn Daughter To Death Is Found Dead In Prison Cell

Posted by
Muk Khatri
On 15th November 2017

Liam Deane had left his two-day-old daughter Luna with catastrophic brain injuries because she “would not stop crying” and she died three days later in hospital. Deane was jailed a month ago after pleading guilty to punching two-day-old Luna in the face causing fatal injuries.


A father who killed his daughter because she wouldn’t stop crying has been found dead in his cell after apparently being murdered by another inmate. Liam Deane, 22, was convicted of murder earlier this year after a court heard that he attacked the newborn child when she “would not stop crying”.

On July 17, two days after Luna was born, her mum Karen Bissett, 21, went upstairs at their home in Wakefield, West Yorkshire.

The following day she was told by Deane that Luna was struggling to breathe after falling in the night and hitting her head.

They called an ambulance and paramedics arrived to notice her face was badly swollen and bruised.

Luna was taken to Leeds General Infirmary where she died in intensive care on July 14th, three days after the attack.

A doctor concluded Luna had died after suffering head trauma, leaving her with “catastrophic brain injuries.”

Deane, from Wakefield, broke down when interviewed by police and admitted he was responsible for attacking the baby.

The baby, named Luna, had been left with her father while her mother went to sleep on July 10 at their home in Wakefield

The court heard that Deane punched the baby in the face, shook her and squeezed her.

She died in intensive care at Leeds infirmary after suffering “catastrophic brain injuries”.

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Deane subsequently broke down during a police interview and admitted the attack.

Another prisoner has been charged with Deane’s murder.

John Westland, 28, appeared at Leeds Magistrates court and was remanded in custody.


Luna died in hospital three days later from ‘catastrophic brain injuries’.

Deane was jailed for life with a minimum of 10 years after admitting killing Luna.

Violent Deane, 22, squeezed and punched his two-day-old daughter after losing his temper, the court heard.

Michael Smith, prosecuting, told Leeds Crown Court the baby suffered injuries to her brain, body and face.

The prosecutor told the court: “He (Deane) said he was responsible for all of the injuries that she had suffered and he said that Luna had not settled down and he lost control.”


The court heard how Luna’s mother Karen Bissett, 21, had gone upstairs at the family home in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, on July 11 this year.

The next day she was told by Deane that Luna had fallen. An ambulance was called after Deane had spoken to his mother, saying the baby was having difficulty breathing and had fallen and hit her head. Paramedics arrived and noticed her face was badly swollen and bruised. Luna was taken to Leeds General Infirmary where she died in intensive care on July 14, three days after the attack.

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