A 17-month-old baby boy was murdered by his mother and her boyfriend despite being on a council “at risk” register and having already suffered a catalogue of injuries including eight fractured ribs and a broken back that left him paralyzed, a British court heard Tuesday.
The child, who along with the two adults cannot be named for legal reasons, was subjected to “a course of assaults of increasing violence” over many months at his home in North London even though he was being monitored by experts, the Old Bailey was told.
He was examined many times by doctors and was seen by a health visitor, social workers and was put on the Haringey Child Protection Register under the category of neglect and physical abuse for nine months, a jury was told.
His fingernails, it was said, may have been deliberately removed.
His spine may have been broken when he was forced over the back of an adult’s knee or banister rail, jurors heard.