Thursday 26 April 2018

Boy's abuse 'worst I have seen' reveals police officer

Richard Vernalls

The abuse of little Keanu Williams was the "worst ever seen" by the police's senior investigating officer in charge of the case.

Detective chief inspector Caroline Marsh of West Midlands Police described Rebecca Shuttleworth as "a monster" for the harm she inflicted on the toddler.


Speaking after a jury convicted Keanu's mother of murder, the officer said the boy's injuries had revealed a pattern of horrific and systematic abuse.


The child had also suffered two life-threatening injuries - a fractured skull and abdominal injuries - either of which was capable of killing him.


"This is the worst case of child abuse I have ever seen," said Ms Marsh.


"The officers who have been working on this case have been shocked by the total abuse suffered."


She added: "At the time of his death he had more than 30 separate bruises and burns to his tiny body and must have suffered terribly as a result.


"He had a fractured skull and abdominal injuries to his body, either of which could have been fatal.


"In the end it was the abdominal injuries which were fatal."

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