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Man jailed 12 years for torturing infant daughter

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Man jailed 12 years for torturing infant daughter
Canton of Zurich's high court. Photo: Adrian Michael
22:48 CEST+02:00
The canton of Zurich's high court sentenced a 28-year-old man to 12 years in jail for brutally torturing his infant daughter because he was convinced he was not the child's father.

The decision marked a third, more severe sentencing of the man, convicted for an offence dating back to February 2009.

Doubting he was the biological father of his partner’s child, he took his anger out on the three-week old tot in a fit of jealousy, the SDA news agency reported.

When his partner was away from the home, he intentionally gave the baby scalding hot milk, which burned her mouth.

When the tot screamed he mauled her to the point where several ribs broke and grabbed the baby's arms so hard that he fractured her bones, SDA reported.

He once strangled the child until it went blue, according to the evidence.

It was only a happy circumstance that the girl (who is now four and a half) did not die, according to Switzerland’s supreme court.

The man was sentenced in February 2012 to 11 years in jail for attempted murder following an appeal of an earlier decision for an eight-year term.

But the country’s top court in March ordered a new sentencing in the case, arguing that the charge should be attempted premeditated murder.

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