Armsley, Leeds UK – The man who murdered his two-day old baby girl in July was killed in his prison cell on Sunday.
Liam Deane, 22, was convicted in October of killing his infant daughter, Luna, and sentenced to life in prison, serving a minimum of 10 years.
Corrections officials found him dead in his cell Nov. 12, murdered by another prisoner, the Daily Mail reported.
Inmate John Westland, 28, appeared before the magistrate on Tuesday, charged with the murder of Deane. The case was quickly adjourned, and he was ordered to appear in Leeds Crown Court on Thursday.
Deane made international news in July when he was arrested and charged with murder for shaking and beating his two-day-old baby to death.
Prosecutors said the baby’s injuries included her brain, body, and face.
“He 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,” Prosecutor Michael Smith said.
On July 17, Luna’s mother, 21-year-old Karen Bissett, went upstairs at their home in West Yorkshire to try and get some sleep, police said.
The next morning, Deane told the baby’s mother that Luna was struggling to breathe. He said she’d “fallen” and hit her head during the night.
They called an ambulance and Luna was taken to Leeds General Infirmary, where a doctor concluded Luna had suffered head trauma, leaving her with “catastrophic brain injuries.” She died three days later, according to the Mirror.
Deane admitted to shaking and punching his 2-day-old daughter after the baby would not stop crying, FOX News reported.
“In my submission there is simply no explanation for the defendant’s behavior,” Deane’s attorney, Richard Wright, told the court.
“His actions were wholly and utterly out of character for him. The defendant will have a very long time to reflect upon his terrible behavior,” Wright said.
No information about Westland’s Thursday hearing was available at the time of publication.