AN EVIL couple have been jailed today after their nine-week-old son was smothered to death during an alcohol-fuelled row over sex.
Luke Morgan, 26, and Emma Cole, 22, were found guilty of causing or allowing the death of Tyler Morgan.
Neighbours said they heard the vile couple arguing about being short of money just hours before their son’s death on April 29, 2014.
Residents also said Morgan sounded furious because he wanted to have sex with Cole, but was prevented from romping because Tyler was still awake.
Paramedics raced to the couple’s two-bedroom home in Burntwood, Staffs. at about 2.42am after Morgan kissed Tyler’s forehead and it felt cool to touch, the court heard.
They found the newborn unresponsive and Tyler was rushed to Walsall Manor Hospital where he was later pronounced dead at about 4am.
Today Morgan was jailed for eight years and Cole was caged for five years at Stafford Crown Court.
Judge Michael Chambers QC said: “One of you deliberately smothered the child. The other was aware of the risks and failed to protect him.
“I am satisfied there was a delay of up to one hour before calling an ambulance.”
‘WORST DAY OF OUR LIVES’
Judge Chambers also said Morgan was responsible for the bite mark on Tyler’s forearm and rib fractures.
Prosecutor Andrew Smith QC said: “Luke Morgan was angry because he wanted to have sex with Miss Cole and had been prevented by Tyler being up.
“On the night of April 28, a neighbour went to bed at 10.30pm and she could hear them having an argument about having no money Emma was sobbing.
“In the early hours of April 29 there was a high pitch screech from Miss Cole.”
After the case, Tyler’s grandparents said in a statement: “Losing Tyler was the worst day of our lives.
“Not knowing how or why is the worst situation we could have been in.
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“To think it’s been five years since we lost this beautiful baby boy and it’s only now, we are getting answers.
“We miss you so much, Tyler and not a day goes by where we don’t think of you.
“Our family has been ripped apart during the last five years. We now have to find a way of carrying on now that this trial has finished.”
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