Mother’s loathing for man who killed Tyler
A MOTHER has spoken of her loathing toward her former boyfriend who killed her fiveyear-old son.
Stephanie Whelan (27) gave evidence at Cambridge Crown Court yesterday about the death of her son Tyler Whelan on March 7, 2011.
Whelan, who lived at Sheepwalk, Paston, at the time of Tyler’s death, denies causing or allowing the death of a child and two counts of cruelty to a child.
Her ex-boyfriend Elvis Lee (34), of Crabtree, Paston, admits to the manslaughter of Tyler but has pleaded not guilty to murder and two counts of cruelty to a child.
The jury has previously heard how Tyler was kicked by Lee on March 7, 2011. He died of “blunt force trauma” which split his small bowel and bleeding on the brain. His post-mortem also revealed dozens of bruises to his body.
Asked how she feels toward Lee now, Whelan said: “I hate him.”
She added she could not even bear to look at him.
When asked what Tyler meant to her she replied in tears that “he was my world. I love him”.
The jury has heard how Lee had kicked Stephanie Whelan in the face in January 2011 in a row. She said Lee was sometimes a violent man, who had threatened her with violence in the past, and she was scared of their arguments.
She said: “He was violent towards women. I’ve never known him to hit or threaten a child. I didn’t think someone who hit women could hit a child.”
The court was also told how concerns about Tyler had been highlighted to social services twice in the nine months before his death.
He was taken to hospital in June and September 2010 after suffering injuries and both times he was spoken to by a child welfare nurse – but no further action was taken.
On the first occasion on June 10, 2010 Tyler had suffered a broken leg after falling on the stairs.
Whelan said: “At the hospital they did a full skeletal X-ray and tests, because social services asked them.
“Social services had a meeting with the safeguarding nurse. Afterwards they said everything was fine and we could take him home.”
She added that no-one suggested there were any other unexplained injuries and no-one raised concerns about Lee being at home.
Whelan also told the court that when Tyler injured his groin in September, police and a child protection nurse had spoken to Tyler in hospital but nothing had resulted from the conversation.
On March 7, Whelan told the court she did not know he had been kicked by Lee but thought he had hurt himself falling off the breakfast bar earlier that morning. She had seen a red mark on his belly after the fall but it disappeared later.
When he complained of stomach pains Whelan said she had walked with Tyler into her bedroom holding his hand but he collapsed on the floor when she let go.
When asked why she did not call for an ambulance then she said “I don’t know. I wish I had”. Whelan said Lee had told her she was overreacting when she first said she wanted to take Tyler to hospital.
The jury were told that they would hear no more evidence with closing speeches due to start on Tuesday.
The trial continues.
death: Tyler Whelan.