Liam’s mum: ‘I should have got him help’

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

AMOTHER ac­cused of mur­der­ing her two-year-old son has ad­mit­ted her con­duct had a part to play in his death as she “should have got him help”.

Rachel Fee, or Trelfa, 31, for­merly of Mac­cles­field, also said if she had taken her son Liam Fee to hospi­tal for treat­ment for a bro­ken leg, he would be “alive” to­day.

The High Court in Liv­ingston heard that de­spite sus­pect­ing he had had a bro­ken leg for sev­eral days, Ms Trelfa went to look af­ter her horse for three hours on the day Liam died, March 22, 2014, which she said she now re­gret­ted.

Ms Trelfa is on trial at the High Court in Liv­ingston along­side her civil part­ner Ny­omi Fee, 23, where they deny mur­der­ing the tod­dler at a house near Glen­rothes in Fife by re­peat­edly in­flict­ing “blunt force trauma” to his head and body.

They also deny falsely blam­ing his death on an­other boy.

Ques­tioned by her lawyer, Rachel Trelfa ini­tially de­nied Liam’s death was any­thing to do with her.

Brian McCon­nachie QC asked her for a sec­ond time: “Do you think his death has any­thing to do with your con­duct?”

She replied: “I should have got him help, so yes.”

Ms Fee told her trial she had never harmed the child on any oc­ca­sion.

She did ac­cept that Liam would be here to­day if she had taken him to hospi­tal for treat­ment to a leg in­jury sus­tained days be­fore his death – an in­jury pros­e­cu­tors claim would have left the “de­fence­less” boy writhing in pain and in “in­tense agony”. Fee ad­mit­ted that her fail­ure to seek the re­quired med­i­cal help amounted to ne­glect and ill-treat­ment, telling jurors: “I hate my­self for that.”

Ques­tioned by her de­fence QC Mark Ste­wart, Fee said she was “ab­so­lutely dev­as­tated” to find Liam in that state and tried to re­sus­ci­tate him.

“It wasn’t work­ing. He wasn’t com­ing back, I’d lost him.”

She said she felt “gut­ted” and “was in com­plete shock,” be­fore adding: “It kills us.”

Fee also spoke of in­ci­dents she said oc­curred on March 16 that year in which she found an­other boy in the house “stamp­ing” on Liam’s leg. ●● PRO­CEED­ING

●● Liam Fee

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