Moment mum accused of murdering son, 9, tells police he had ‘banged his head’ in the bath
A MOTHER accused of murdering her little boy claimed he had an accident in the bath when she dialled 999 as he lay dying.
Carla Scott said nine-year-old Alfie Steele had “fallen asleep” and drowned and later told the operator he had “banged his head” in the emergency call, which was played in court yesterday.
But prosecutors say the youngster died from more than 50 injuries allegedly inflicted by Scott, 35, and her fiance Dirk Howell, 41.
Police body-cam footage, also played in court, showed officers, paramedics and Scott standing on a landing outside a bedroom where Alfie was found at his home in Droitwich, Worcs.
Scott sounds calm in the
999 call she made on February 18, 2021.
She tells the operator she can “feel a rattle” on her son’s chest and adds: “He’s not breathing, but he keeps making noises.”
After being told an ambulance is on the way, Scott says:
“He fell asleep in the bath.
He’s got asthma. When he was a baby he got pneumonia.”
The operator gives instructions for carrying out CPR on Alfie before Scott says: “I can see him breathing a bit. Not a lot but I can see him breathing a bit.” She also says her son is making “lots of gargling noises” and later adds: “He’s banged his head as well.”
In the body-cam footage, Scott can be heard telling officers: “I think he banged his head when he was in the bath because he’s got an [inaudible] on his head.”
In another clip she makes a phone call to Howell and tells him: “He’s gone up to hospital, they won’t let me go up there yet.
“There’s loads of police, they’ve got detectives and everything.”
On the living room wall in the background are the words: “Family, where life begins.” Scott ends the call by saying: “I will do, I love you too” and makes a kissing sound.
It is alleged Scott and Howell hit Alfie with belts and flip-flops and “dunked” him in cold baths. Prosecutor Michelle Heeley KC previously told Coventry Crown Court: “He had been deliberately and repeatedly assaulted, beaten, and put into and held under a cold bath as a punishment. And that unlawful course of conduct, that unnecessary punishment, was carried out jointly by Carla Scott and Dirk Howell.”
Both deny murder, manslaughter, cruelty or causing or allowing the death of Alfie. Howell has previously admitted child cruelty against other children. Scott denies child cruelty offences against other youngsters. The trial continues.