Carers fear for toddler
A NURSERY manager and childminder raised concerns over toddler Liam Fee’s welfare before he died, a court has heard.
Rachel Trelfa, 31, who is formerly of Macclesfield, and her civil partner Nyomi Fee, 28, are on trial at the High Court in Livingston, Scotland, where they deny murdering twoyear-old Liam and falsely blaming his death on another young boy.
They have also pleaded not guilty to a catalogue of allegations of wilfully ill-treating and neglecting two young boys over a period of more than two years.
Childminder Heather Farmer, 48, told a court she alerted the Scottish Childminding Association as she feared “somebody was hurting” Liam.
Ms Farmer said she started looking after the youngster at her home in Fife when he was 11 months old in July 2012.
She said she noted bruises to his legs and back on different occasions in 2012 and contacted the care watchdog in January 2013 after he turned up with scratches and bruises to his face, days after arriving with a bruised forehead and legs which his mother said was from falling out his cot.
Ms Farmer said: “I thought something wasn’t right.
“I thought somebody was hurting Liam.” ●● PROCEEDING