Man jailed for killing five-month-old girl

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A man responsible for the death of five-month old Hayley Davidson has been jailed for seven years and six months at the High Court in Livingston today, Thursday 10th May.

Gordon McKay (38) pleaded guilty to culpable homicide on Tuesday 3rd April.

Police were called to West High Street, Buckhaven, Fife on 14th February 2016 and Hayley was taken to hospital where she died three days later on 17th February.

An investigation was launched by Police Scotland’s Major Investigation Team.

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Scott Cunningham said: “Gordon McKay’s incomprehensible, mindless and despicable actions resulted in the death of an innocent baby girl.

“He was supposed to protect and care for Hayley however his violent behaviour has had catastrophic consequences and ultimately been responsible for her tragic death.

“My thoughts, and of those connected to the investigation, remain with Hayley’s family and those who knew her during her short life. Hayley’s family have lost a daughter, sister and granddaughter in the most horrific circumstances.

“While Hayley’s death has had a profound effect on everyone involved in the investigation, this is nothing compared to the devastating impact on her family, friends and local community.

“Following a thorough investigation by a team of experienced and specially trained officers, we were able to gather crucial evidence which resulted in Gordon McKay’s guilty plea last month.

“I acknowledge the sentence today providing a conclusion to an emotive, complex and protracted investigation.”