Mother and stepfather in court charged with 'murder' of toddler son
A mother and stepfather have appeared in court accused of murdering their toddler son after he was found with more than 100 injuries including a bite to the chest.
Two-year-old Jeremiah Regis - described by his grieving grandmother as a lovely little boy - was pronounced dead in hospital in the early hours of Monday November 21.
A post-mortem examination showed he died of abdominal peritonitis caused by blunt force trauma.
In a tribute issued through police on Friday, his grandmother said: "Jeremiah was a lovely, quiet, innocent little boy who was always smiling.
"He will be greatly missed by his nanna and the entire family."
Police and paramedics were called to an address in High Street, Wednesfield, Wolverhampton, shortly before midnight on Sunday, where the child was found with head and body injuries.
In a brief hearing at Wolverhampton Crown Court on Friday, Sindyann Regis, 25, of High Street, Wednesfield, and 27-year-old Chevaze Mcgregor, of New Road in Rainford, Essex, spoke only to confirm their names.
Judge James Burbidge adjourned the case until December when the defendants will be invited to enter pleas, and set a provisional two-week trial date for April 25 next year.