3-Year-Old ‘Squashed By Car Seat.
A three-year-old boy died from “crush asphyxia" after his mother’s boyfriend allegedly squashed him by maneuvering the car seat because the victim made noise.The alleged incident took place Feb. 1, 2018, but the details of the case only recently hit the news circle after Adrian Hoare, 23 and her boyfriend Stephen Waterson, 25, began to face trial for causing the death of Alfie Lamb, the Telegraph reported.
The two suspects and the victim were traveling with two other occupants - Marcus Lamb, 22, and his girlfriend, Emilie Williams – in an Audi A4 car, on a journey from their home in Croydon, England, when the incident reportedly happened. Alfie had been placed by his mother at the footwell of the backseat, where she was sitting, instead of securing him with a seat beat when they were traveling.
"It was during that car journey that something happened to Alfie that compressed his chest and/or abdomen so that he went from an active toddler to a very seriously ill and brain-damaged one,” Prosecutor Duncan Atkinson QC told the court.At some point during the journey, Waterson, who was sitting in the front, was annoyed by noises that the child was making and in a fit of anger moved his seat backward and held it there, despite other passengers of the car pleading with him to move the seat forward."In effect he was squashed by the car seat and suffocated.
This movement of the seat was a deliberate action by Waterson who knew that Alfie was there and was angered by the noise and fuss that the three-and-a-half-year-old child was making during the fateful car journey,” Atkinson told the court.Hoarse has been charged with manslaughter, child cruelty and assault on Williams while Waterson has been charged with manslaughter and intimidation of Marcus.
Both the suspects have denied the charges.
- 16 Jan, 2019
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