Thomas Haining convicted of killing baby daughter

Published 11 September 2019

Police Scotland has acknowledged the conviction of Thomas Haining who has admitted killing his three-week-old daughter.

Mikayla Haining died at Raigmore Hospital in Inverness on Thursday June 8, 2017, having been admitted with a number of serious injuries earlier that day.

This prompted an enquiry led by Police Scotland's Major Investigations Team, resulting in Thomas Haining being charged in connection with her death.

The 21-year-old pleaded guilty to culpable homicide at the High Court in Edinburgh today (Wednesday, 11 September).

Detective Inspector Brian Geddes said: “Haining took the life of his daughter, a beautiful baby girl, in the most horrendous of circumstances.

"At just days old, Mikayla should have been safest in the arms of her father - instead he inflicted injuries so severe that she would never recover.

“I would like to thank Mikayla’s extended family for their support throughout our investigation and I sincerely hope that the punishment handed to Haining offers them some form of closure so that they can begin to move on with their lives."

Haining will return to court next month to be sentenced.

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