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Updated: 7th January 2019 03:55

Daniel Berge found guilty of manslaughter in baby's death

The man on trial for killing a four-month-old baby has been found guilty of manslaughter.

The man on trial for killing his ex-fiancé’s baby has been found guilty of manslaughter.

Four-month-old Emilia Elizabeth Matwiy died a few days after she was taken to hospital with head injuries in August 2007.

A judge ruled Tuesday Daniel Berge, 26 — who was set to marry the baby’s mother, Jessica Matwiy — caused the baby’s death.

Emilia Elizabeth Matwiy died in 2007. Her mother's former partner is on trial for manslaughter. (Courtesy Jessica Matwiy)

In previous testimony, Berge said he met Jessica shortly after she gave birth to Emilia.

They were to be married later that year, and Berge said he was excited to be a dad.

He said on the day that he is accused of violently shaking baby Emilia, who then died five days later, he was babysitting and went into the room to find her face down in her crib not moving.

Berge picked her up and she was quite limp. He thought she was dead and panicked, so he shook her and screamed her name two to three times.

Daniel Berge is seen here in this undated photo. (CBC)

He says he didn't mean to hurt her but was just trying to revive her.

When she didn’t respond, Berge told court he put Emilia on the floor to give her CPR.

She coughed up milk and started breathing.

He said he was relieved, but the baby seemed to be tired and couldn’t lift her head.

When asked in court if that was concerning, Berge said it seemed to be a normal response to what had happened to her — so he didn’t call 911 or tell the mother immediately what had happened.

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