Man Who Punched Newborn Daughter To Death Found Dead In Prison


A father who murdered his newborn daughter has been found dead in his prison cell.

Liam Deane was discovered at HMP Leeds on Sunday after being locked away last month for brutally killing his child, Luna, in July.

28-year-old John Westland, a prisoner at HMP Leeds, has been accused of murdering Deane and appeared in front of Leeds Magistrates today.

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He’s remained in custody ever since and will appear at Leeds Crown Court on Thursday, reports the Mirror.

Deane had admitted to punching his two-day-old daughter because she ‘would not stop crying.’

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

On 18 July, Deane had told Luna’s mum, 21-year-old Karen Bissett, their daughter was struggling to breathe after hitting her head overnight.


When the ambulance arrived they found Luna’s face covered in bruises.

He later broke down in tears during a police interview, admitting to killing the baby girl.

Deane’s representative, Richard Wright QC, said:

In my submission there is simply no explanation for the defendant’s behaviour.

His actions were wholly and utterly out of character for him. The defendant will have a very long time to reflect upon his terrible behaviour.


Detective Superintendent Jim Dunkerley, of the Homicide and Major Enquiry Team, said at the time:

This was an extremely tragic case where a new born baby girl has lost her life before it has even had chance to begin.

Luna suffered an assault at the hands of one of the people who was responsible for her care and wellbeing. Her family has been torn apart by her death.

Deane will now face life in prison as a result of his abhorrent actions and I hope the family can find some comfort in this verdict.

Unspeakably grim.