The warning signs were there before William Wakefield murdered his infant stepson.

He was controlling, jealous, sometimes bordering on cruel, and five-month-old Lincoln Wakefield's family barely saw him at all. The behaviour ticks many of the boxes for men who kill their stepchildren.

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Lincoln was rushed to hospital on June 11 last year with fatal brain injuries after his 32-year-old stepfather shook

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