Mum's anguish at leaving baby with his killers
Published 30/07/2010 | 05:00
THE mother of a toddler who was tortured by a couple employed to care for him yesterday revealed her "self-loathing and guilt" at his death.
Amy Hancox (21) paid Kayley Boleyn and her boyfriend Christopher Taylor £40 (€48) a week to look after three-year-old Ryan Lovell-Hancox after realising she could not cope with the strains of motherhood.
The British woman suffered from mental health problems. She thought Boleyn (19) would provide her son with all the love and attention he needed.
The two women were cousins and Ms Hancox had no reason not to trust her when she left Ryan at the flat she shared with Taylor (25) in Bilston, West Midlands, in November 2008.
A month later the child was in a coma in hospital, having suffered a massive brain haemorrhage at the ground floor flat in Slim Avenue. The "bubbly, intelligent boy" never woke up and on Christmas Eve of that year, he died.
Yesterday, at Wolverhampton Crown Court, the sadistic pair were jailed for life for Ryan's murder.
The court heard how young Ryan's life was turned to "hell" during the month spent with Boleyn and Taylor.
The violence he suffered at the hands of the couple, who were both addicted to cannabis and alcohol, was sustained and horrific. The child was repeatedly beaten about the face, back and buttocks. His skull received 10 severe blows and he had more than 70 injuries to his body by the time he died.
Two days before his death, Ms Hancox confronted Boleyn and Taylor at their home as she tried to see her son for what would have been the last time.
But by this stage the boy had severe bruising to his face and they stopped her from entering the flat. The duo even managed to see off a social worker the very day Ryan was rushed to hospital in a coma.
Yesterday, Ms Hancox's anguish at ever deciding to leave her son with the couple was revealed in a victim impact statement read to the court by prosecuting barrister Hugh O'Brien Quinn.
It became so unbearable for her that she broke from the arms of Ryan's father, John Lovell (24), as they sat in the public gallery and ran out of the court in tears.