A former soldier who saw five of his colleagues shot dead in Afghanistan has been sent to jail for six years for causing the death of his daughter.
Grenadier Guard Lance Corporal Liam Culverhouse, 25, of Kingsthorpe, Northampton, was at a police checkpoint in November 2009 when an Afghan policeman opened fire, killing five British soldiers and injuring six others, including Culverhouse.
He was shot six times and returned to England, suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
Two years later he took his daughter Khloe Abrams, aged just 18 months, to Northampton General Hospital suffering from multiple skull fractures, broken ribs, and breaks to every one of her limbs.
They were inflicted during at least four different attacks. Doctors said this type of injury was normally caused by violent shaking, slamming a baby into something such as a bed, and twisting of limbs.
Culverhouse appeared at Northampton Crown Court today to be sentenced after pleading guilty to the charge of causing or allowing Khloe’s death at a previous hearing.
The court heard how Culverhouse, who is now blind in one eye, had told several people that after the trauma he suffered in Afghanistan in 2009 he was concerned that he could not control his temper.
He was referred for anger management but did not attend an appointment in November 2010, and six months later in May 2011 his daughter suffered devastating injuries.
Although it has never been revealed how Khloe received her injuries, Culverhouse has admitted that he shook her lightly when he could not wake her up.
In police interviews, he said; “She would scream and scream and scream and then I’ll get angry. But I never hit her.”
Her devastating injuries caused her to suffer from cerebral palsy, seizures, blindness, as well as other conditions.
She spent eight months in hospital before moving the Rainbows Hospice in Loughborough where she was cared for by her grandparents and hospice staff.
She died in November 2012 from pneumonia.
Sentencing Culverhouse to six years in jail and ordering him to serve at least half of his sentence, The Honourable Mr Justice Baker said: “You inflicted such severe injuries to your seven-week-old child that, despite intensive and extensive medical care, they resulted in her death some 18 months later.
“I have no doubt that the effects of this condition (PTSD) contributed to your treatment of your young daughter.
“However, you acknowledged to the police and others that prior to your experiences in Afghanistan you had always had a temper.”
Following the sentencing, senior investigating officer Detective Chief Inspector Steve Woliter said: “It is clear from the investigation and from the early guilty plea that Liam Culverhouse was himself a very troubled man and clearly unfit to look after a small baby.
“I hope that the prison sentence affords him the chance to reflect on his action and be truly remorseful for failing to adequately care for his child.”
The publication of a serious case review by the Local Safeguarding Children Board Northamptonshire is expected imminently.