Car­ers fear for tod­dler

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

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

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