Dad ‘Shook Baby To Death Because She Would Not Stop Crying’

Tomas Driukas and baby

A DAD murdered his baby daughter by shaking her so hard that she died because she would not stop crying, a court heard.

Tomas Driukas, 26, is accused of leaving his five-month-old daughter Deimante Driukite with a massive brain injury as well as 26 fractured bones.

The Lithuanian was supposed to be looking after the tot, who was born 12 weeks prematurely, while his baby’s mother was at work.

However, the court heard the electrician deliberately inflicted the catastrophic injuries after struggling to cope with caring for her.

During an interview with cops he told detectives his baby daughter cried all the time and that changing her nappy was like “going to war”.


The infant was rushed to Birmingham Children’s Hospital with breathing difficulties in the early hours of 1 April last year but died later from a severe brain injury.

A post-mortem examination of the murdered tot revealed tragic Deimante had suffered bleeding in her brain and eyes.

She had also suffered 26 fractured ribs over a period of several weeks prior to her death.

Driukas, who moved to the UK with partner Renata Braskyte from Lithuania in 2010, denies charges of murder and inflicting grievous bodily harm.

Braskyte, 23, denies a charge of allowing the death of a child and the trial, which is expected to last several weeks, continues.