Saturday 24 March 2018

Babysitting couple beat toddler to death

Matthew Cooper in Wolverhampton

Another council in Britain was under scrutiny last night over a horrific child abuse case after a babysitting couple was found guilty of murdering a three-year-old boy just hours after he was seen by a housing support officer.

Wolverhampton City Council pledged to establish whether lessons can be learned from the murder of Ryan Lovell-Hancox, who was neglected, abused and beaten by Kayley Boleyn and Christopher Taylor.

Boleyn (19) and Taylor (25) face mandatory life sentences after being convicted of murder and child cruelty by a jury at Wolverhampton Crown Court.

The couple inflicted more than 70 injuries on Ryan, who died in hospital on Christmas Eve in 2008, two days after suffering a fatal brain injury.

Both defendants blamed each other for Ryan's injuries, but the pair were convicted of murdering the toddler in an attack at their flat in Bilston, West Midlands.

The defendants, to be sentenced later this year, were minding Ryan for almost a month after his mother, Amy Hancox, agreed to pay them around £40 (€45) a week to care for him while she decorated her home. Council officials confirmed Ryan was not the subject of a child protection plan and not judged to be "at risk" by childcare professionals who saw him.

The NSPCC said it was shocked to hear of another toddler brutally mistreated and killed by two callous individuals behind closed doors.

Irish Independent

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