21 Nov 2011

Man accused of killing baby admits manslaughter

7:07 pm on 21 November 2011

A man accused of murdering a six-month old baby in Auckland has admitted manslaughter.

James Hemana, 31, is charged in the High Court in Auckland with the murder of Cezar Taylor in July last year.

He died in Starship Hospital after suffering bleeding in the brain, seizures and bruises that were inflicted over several weeks.

Hemana, the partner of the baby's mother, has also admitted failing to provide the boy with the necessaries of life.

The Crown says he was jealous of the baby's birth father and he took this out on the child by shaking him, holding him upside down and dropping him.

The defence says he's guilty of manslaughter, not murder, because he didn't know at the time that his actions were likely to cause the baby's death and he didn't consciously take that risk.