52-year-old Auckland step father sentenced for killing 16-month-old baby

52-year-old Auckland step father sentenced for killing 16-month-old baby

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An Auckland man named Phillip John Welsh has been sentenced today after pleading guilty to the manslaughter of 16-month-old Malcolm Bell.

He was sentenced to 5 years and 11 months in prison.

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The 16-month-old baby boy was rushed to Auckland’s Starship Hospital on June 23, after suffering serious head injuries. He died in hospital on June 29. 

“He was a vulnerable little boy and he should have been safe in his home,” said Detective Senior Sergeant Geoff Baber.

“The offender’s guilty plea shows Police carried out a thorough investigation.”

“I would like to thank all Police staff who worked on this case, it is never easy to deal with investigations such as these, but we do it because we wanted justice for Malcolm.”

Police’s thoughts and sympathies continue to be with Malcolm’s family whānau.


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