The judge said the report should concentrate on “autism or any mental health issues which might be relevant to culpability”.Danny Moore, defending Cox, asked to address the judge Mr Justice Stuart-Smith in private about her bail situation. Danny Shepherd, who has been found guilty alongside Katherine Cox of causing the death of her baby son Eli Cox, who suffered 28 fractures during his short life and had been exposed to amphetamine and cocaineCredit:Kent Police A mum-of-nine and her boyfriend have been convicted of causing the death of her baby boy who suffered a “catastrophic” brain injury.Eli Cox, who was just five-months-old when he died, was found to have 28 bone fractures so severe he was compared to a car crash victim.Katherine Cox, 33, and her 25-year-old boyfriend Danny Shepherd were found guilty of causing or allowing the death of a child and causing or allowing physical harm to a child following a month-long trial.They were also found guilty of possession of a Class B drug after it was revealed the tragic tot had been exposed to narcotics at the family home on the Isle of Sheppey, Kent. Cox looked strained as the unanimous verdicts was read out at Maidstone Crown Court, while there was no reaction from Shepherd.The jury heard Eli’s 28 fractures of varying ages to 19 bones were consistent with being “twisted, pulled, crushed and bent in half'”.Jennifer Knight, prosecuting, said Eli suffered extensive brain damage consistent with shaking and caused by a prolonged period of insufficient oxygen to the brain.It was suggested the injuries were inflicted on many different occasions leading up to the child’s collapse on Wednesday, April 13 last year, and he died two weeks later. Both Cox and Shepherd denied taking amphetamine, but Cox admitted she used cannabis.A pathologist found the fractures were caused on five different occasions, some of which were almost exclusively non-accidental, and the oldest fractures were up to 10 weeks before death.Miss Knight said Cox had separated from Eli’s father by the time of his birth on November 27 2015.She started a relationship with Shepherd in the summer of that year, and he moved into the four-bedroom house in Minster-on-Sea in November.After being alerted by Shepherd that Eli had turned blue, Cox called for an ambulance saying the baby was not breathing.Shepherd performed “adult” chest compressions using both hands.Cox asked: “Pickle, what have you done?”Shepherd said: “I will get the blame for this. They will blame me.”Once in the ambulance, Eli was ventilated and CPR continued. He was still not breathing on his own on arrival at Medway Hospital.Eli was transferred to London’s King’s College Hospital. A further scan showed there was extensive brain damage. He remained on a ventilator.”It was apparent Eli would never recover,” said Miss Knight. “Life support was withdrawn and Eli died on April 27.”Shepherd maintained in evidence that he had never harmed the baby in any way. Shepherd, known as Pickle, and Cox were the only adults in the four bedroom house at the time of the collapse.The mother has 12 previous convictions for 20 offences including assault causing actual bodily harm, burglary, handling stolen goods and shoplifting. Miss Knight said: “It was the actions of one of them that resulted in the catastrophic brain injury that Eli Cox suffered that day.”The events of that day were clearly the unhappy culmination of injuries Eli Cox suffered on many occasions, also inflicted by Danny Shepherd and Katharine Cox.”Both were aware in the weeks leading up to April 13 and on the day of his death that Eli Cox was at serious risk of physical harm.”They were aware of it because one was the perpetrator and the other knew that perpetrator presented a risk to Eli.”Miss Knight said Shepherd, who was not the child’s father, had a stick he labelled ‘Pickle’s beating stick’, which he claimed he had it to control their dogs.After Eli was taken to hospital, a Vanish tub in the garden shed was found to contain five small bags of amphetamine.Samples from the boy’s hair showed he had been exposed to the drug, as well as cocaine. Cox didn’t give evidence, but had claimed in police interviews she was not aware of Eli being injured.Libby Clark, from the CPS, said: “This has been a difficult case to prosecute due to the complex medical evidence and challenges in establishing the involvement of either or both of the defendants in relation to the fatal injury caused to Eli.”When the trial started, our case was that either Danny Shepherd or Katherine Cox had caused Eli’s injuries and the death, or were aware that there was a significant risk of serious physical harm being caused to him, and failed to take reasonable steps to prevent this.”During the course of the trial and in light of the evidence given, it became possible to say that Danny Shepherd was the perpetrator of the injuries to Eli, including the assault which led to his death.”The fatal injury and older fractures identified by one of the medical experts showed very significant similarities. This considerably undermined the defence case that they were caused by another person.”Shepherd was remanded in custody for a psychiatric report, likely to take up to 12 weeks.His QC Nadine Radford asked for a psychiatric report to look at the issue of autism. She added that he also had a low IQ. Katherine Cox And Danny Shepherd on trial at Maidstone Crown CourtCredit:Steve Finn Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
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