Mother Rachel Lee and her partner Nyomi have been found guilty of murdering Rachel’s two-year-old son Liam in Thornton.
The couple were convicted of assaulting and killing the young child at his home in March 2014 but they claimed to be innocent after they had blamed another boy for the murder.
But this year the jury found out that Rachel and Nyomi had subjected the toddler to “an escalating pattern of abuse during his short life.
The couple remained impassive as the Jury found them guilty of all the charges against them.
Before Liam died, he suffered a broken leg and arm. He was killed by a blow to his abdomen which was so severe th as that it ruptured his heart.
In total he was found with more than 30 injuries.
The couple had blamed another boy for Liam’s death but during several interviews with specially trained officers and social workers, it became clear that the boy had not struggled or suffocated Liam.
The Jury found Rachel and Nyomi to be jointly responsible for Liam’s murder.
They subjected two other boys to a series of physical and psychological abuse over Liam including forcing one to sleep in a makeshift and another in a room with rats and snakes which they said ” ate little boys”
What makes it more painful is that the abuse was carried out by the very people Liam should have been able to trust the most. (His mother and Step-_mum)
The couiple is due to be sentenced on 6 July.
Rachel in the middle, Nyomi left,