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