April 2022: Now living in Exeter under the new name of Reece Bromley

January 2021: Now living in Camborne, Cornwall

June 2018

Plymouth man jailed for the manslaughter of his six month old son

A man has been jailed after he confessed to killing his six-month-old son after shaking him violently when he wouldn’t stop crying.

Lee Anthony Sweet spent a year denying he was responsible for murder but today pleaded guilty to manslaughter of Ruben Sweet-Harris.

Ruben suffered a “catastrophic”‘ brain injury and had several rib fractures after Sweet shook him until he became unresponsive and floppy.

The court heard how Sweet had looked after Ruben overnight in a shared house in Stoke area of Plymouth 

For nearly a year Sweet denied he had harmed his six-month-old, which caused a year of medical investigations.

He finally admitted in police interview that he had shaken Ruben because he would not stop crying.

Sweet called the ambulance service and the boy’s mother at about 7.25am.

Ruben, who had suffered a brain injury, never recovered and died in hospital three days later.

Doctors found that the baby also had nine ‘microfractures’ to his ribs, which showed his father had grabbed the baby under his arms and shaken him backwards and forwards until he became unresponsive and floppy.

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Inspector Steve Davies of the Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “Paramedics were called to Lee Sweets home address in Stoke, Plymouth on the morning of the 28 May 2017 where it was reported by Sweet that his son, Ruben had become unresponsive.

“He was taken immediately to Derriford Hospital and from there to the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at Bristol Hospital. He tragically died from his injuries three days later.

“Lee Sweet initially denied any knowledge of how Ruben became unwell; we suspected from an early stage that Sweet was not being honest with his account and subsequently launched a full investigation.

“This was a long and protracted enquiry where my team have had to source from around the country the best medical experts in their field of expertise.

This has taken many months to gather and to interpret the medical evidence so that we were sure with our findings.

Our conclusion was that Lee Sweet shook Rueben Sweet-Harris which caused the six month old fatal injuries.

“Once this evidence was put to Sweet in interview, he had no option but to admit to what he did.

However, Lee Sweet could have easily admitted to what he had done from the start, but instead chose to put the family of Ruben through over a year of unimaginable pain and misery.

“Today’s sentence will not bring Ruben back, but we hope that it will go some way to starting the healing process for the family who have been supported by Police Family Liaison Officers throughout.”

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