Tod­dler’s in­juries ‘so bad he could have been in a road crash’

Macclesfield Express - - TODDLER MURDER VERDICT -

LIAM Fee suf­fered a life of pain and ne­glect, cut short in the most bru­tal way by the very peo­ple who should have been car­ing for him.

Jurors lis­tened as the ex­pert de­tailed more than 30 ex­ter­nal in­juries he found on the tod­dler’s body, most of them “in keep­ing with blunt force trauma”.

The in­juries which ended the two-yearold’s all-too-short ex­is­tence were so bad they could have been seen in road crash vic­tims, the mur­der trial heard.

Pae­di­atric pathol­o­gist Dr Paul French told how Liam died af­ter suf­fer­ing a rup­tured heart caused by a se­vere blunt force in­jury to his torso.

He also found frac­tures to the boy’s up­per arm and thigh, likely sus­tained in sep­a­rate events in the hours and days be­fore the child died. These in­cluded an abra­sion and lac­er­a­tion to the back of the head, and bruises on the shin and thigh.

Not all the bruises could be ex­plained away as the ‘rough and tum­ble’ of a tod­dler.

Fee and Trelfa told peo­ple Liam had autism and wit­nesses spoke of see­ing the child in a buggy with a blan­ket over his head, ap­par­ently aimed at keep­ing him calm.

But the court heard a di­ag­no­sis of autism un­der the age of three would be highly un­usual and could only hap­pen in very se­vere cases. Other wit­nesses told the court they had no dif­fi­cul­ties with Liam when they spent time with him.

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