Father Killed His 2-month-old Daughter Because She Woke Him Up
A father killed his 2-month-old daughter: He claimed that he threw her onto a sofa and then ran upstairs with the baby...
Most parents would agree that taking care of a newborn can be frustrating at times, since the constant crying and waking up in the middle of the night really does take its toll. Sadly, one father wasn’t able to control his frustration, and it had a disastrous result. This father killed his 2-month-old daughter.
He “lost his temper”
John Burrill, 31, father of 2-month-old Daisy-Mae Burrill has been found guilty of murder after he “lost his temper” and killed his baby daughter.
He claimed that he threw Daisy-Mae onto a sofa and then ran upstairs with the baby because of “frustration at her continuous crying.”
However, his statements don’t add up since Daisy-Mae had suffered from a fractured skull as well as brain damage which suggests that she wasn’t thrown, but “violently assaulted.”
Ashlee Cox, Burrill’s partner and the mother of Daisy-Mae described Burill as “moody” when he got up to feed their 2-month-old. He then heard him trying to “shush” their baby downstairs and then the crying stopped.
She initially thought that Daisy-Mae stopped crying because he fed her, but instead it was because he had assaulted their child.
“It will never bring her back”
Ashlee shared that Burill went to her, holding Daisy-Mae who was already limp and had blue lips. She added that she could clearly see that he was stoned and he even told her that he had a joint of marijuana.
Ashlee immediately called the paramedics who then tried to resuscitate Daisy-Mae. She was then taken to a hospital where she died 3 days later when they decided to turn off her life support.
During his trial, Burrill admitted to manslaughter but has denied murder.
Ashlee adds, “Although justice has been served it will never bring her back.”
Relax, take a chill pill
Let’s face it, it’s not the easiest thing in the world to take care of a newborn baby. A constantly crying baby will surely get on your nerves, and it’s totally normal to feel frustrated about it. What’s not okay however is to lose your temper and hurt or scream at your baby. That’s why it’s very important to know how to keep calm if you’re getting too stressed out.
Here are some helpful tips that you should keep in mind:
Close your eyes, take a deep breath and just relax
The first thing that you should do would be to try and calm yourself down. Take a few seconds to breathe in and breathe out and try to relax.
Try singing to your baby
Sometimes all that your baby needs is to hear your voice. Try singing or telling a story to your baby, it doesn’t really matter if they understand it or not, what matters is that they hear your soothing voice.
Ask someone else to take care of your baby for a few moments
You can hand your baby off to your partner, or to your parents if you’re living with them. Ask them to take care of your baby for a few moments while you get some alone time to relax, close your eyes and rest, or take a quick power nap.
Get a babysitter
In some cases, it’s better if you can hire a babysitter or a nanny to help you take care of your newborn. Better yet, you can ask a close friend or relative to stay in your home and take care of your baby.
Let them cry it out
Sometimes babies just want to cry. If you really can’t stop your baby from crying, you can always lay them down in their crib and let them cry it out. Take this time to step back and calm yourself down so that if your baby still won’t stop crying, you won’t lose your cool.
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