‘How do you die of a broken hip? Murder trial told of ‘internet searches’
MOBILE phones belonging to two women accused of murdering a toddler were used to carry out internet searches on subjects such as “How do you die of a broken hip” and “How long can you live with a broken bone?”, a jury has heard.
The devices belonging to Rachel Trelfa, formerly of Macclesfield, and Nyomi Fee and were used to run the Google searches on March 19, 2014, three days before two-year-old Liam Fee was found dead at a house in Fife, a murder trial was told.
Ms Trelfa’s phone was also used to ask the search engine on another occasion: “Can wives be in prison together?,” the jury heard.
And a message from Fee’s phone to Ms Trelfa’s mobile stated: “Kids should be drowned at birth to save problems, lol.”
The searches and mes- sages were read out to the court by prosecutor Alex Prentice QC during the evidence of Evita O’Malley, a major crime analyst with Police Scotland.
She was the final witness to give evidence for the Crown in the case against Ms Trelfa, 31, and Fee, 28, at the High Court in Livingston.
The civil partners deny murdering toddler Liam - who died on March 22, 2014 - and falsely blaming his death on another young boy.
The pair - originally from Ryton, Tyne and Wear - also plead not guilty to a string of allegations of wilfully ill-treating and neglecting two other boys over a period of more than two years.
Ms O’Malley, 38, told how she analysed the phones after they were surrendered to police by the accused.
The court heard how Ms Fee’s phone had been used to search for the term “broken leg” on March 17, 2014.
Two days later, searches were made on the mobile for terms such as “how do you die of a broken hip?”, “how to prevent blood clots”, and “broken hip in baby”.
Internet searches were also made under the terms “will a hip fracture heal on its own” and “hip brace for toddlers,” jurors were told.
On March 20 and 21 2014, questions asked during internet searches on the same phone included “can you refuse to be treated by a certain doctor?” and “can social services gain access to my house?”, jurors were told.
Analysis of Ms Trelfa’s phone showed it was used to carry out a Google search on March 18 that year for: “How long can a broken leg take to heal?”
●● Two women are accused of killing two-yearold Liam Fee