Mum and partner murdered Liam, 2
AMOTHER has been convicted of murdering her two-year-old son.
Rachel Trelfa, 31, formerly of Macclesfield, was found guilty of murdering toddler Liam Fee along with her civil partner Nyomi Fee, 29.
They were convicted after a seven-week trial at the High Court in Livingston, Scotland.
Liam was found dead at the couple’s home in Fife, Scotland, on March 22, 2014, having suffered a ruptured heart as a result of severe blunt force trauma to his body.
Liam had also suffered more than 30 external injuries, including a broken leg and arm.
The court heard that despite suspecting her son had a broken leg for several days, Trelfa went to look after her horse for three hours on the day he died.
Trelfa admitted it was a possibility that Liam would be alive if she had taken him to hospital for treatment, murder.
She told the court: “I know I should have got Liam help. It’s a decision I’ll regret for the rest of my life.”
The court also heard that the pair used their mobile phones 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?’ three days before Liam was found dead.
A message from Fee’s phone to Trelfa’s mobile stated: “Kids should be drowned at birth to save problems, lol.”
The women were also found guilty of a catalogue of abuse against two other young boys, including one they falsely blamed for Liam’s death. but denied
Trelfa’s mother also told the court not spoken to her daughter in four years.
Gail Trelfa, 55, from Macclesfield, broke down as she took the stand at the High Court in Livingston.
She said she had not spoken to her daughter since Easter 2012.
She said she had loved Liam ‘very dearly’, and added: “I’ve lost my daughter and I’ve lost my grandchild. “Thank-you Nyomi.” Mrs Trelfa said she had previously been ‘very close’ with her daughter, who she said had been a ‘very good mother’.
Senior investigating officer Detective Inspector Rory Hamilton said there had been a ‘significant change’ in Liam’s treatment after Trelfa left his father and their home in the north of England in December 2011 to move to Scotland with Fee.
Mr Hamilton said a picture emerged of a ‘very, very close’ couple, for whom Liam had become ‘somewhat of an inconvenience’.
He said: “The tragic death of Liam has been the culmination of a consistent course of conduct by both Rachel and Nyomi over a period of months, if not years.
“The injuries that have been explained and uncovered, the level of abuse that we had, was horrific.”
A significant case review is now being carried out by Social Services.
●● Liam Fee was found dead at his home