Sarah O’Brien and Martin Currie have been jailed
A mom has been jailed after she allowed the demise of her two-year-old son who died of a head harm after being murdered by her companion.
Sarah O’Brien, 33, was cleared of murdering Keigan O’Brien, after a trial at Sheffield Crown Courtroom lasting almost 5 weeks.
Nonetheless, she was convicted of the choice cost of inflicting or permitting the demise of a kid and little one cruelty.
Martin Currie, 36, her companion of six months, was discovered responsible of homicide and little one cruelty.
Jurors had been informed Keigan suffered a mind bleed within the incident in January, presumably from having his head hit towards a wall or the ground.
Over the earlier weeks, he had suffered a damaged backbone, damaged ribs and a damaged arm attributable to twisting.
Keigan O’Brien died of a head harm (Image: SWNS)
On the morning he was fatally injured, he had been within the care of Currie on the household residence, in Bosworth Street, Doncaster, whereas O’Brien was out of the home, the court docket heard.
The trial heard that Currie searched the web for phrases together with ‘irregular respiration’, ‘gurgling’ and ‘unconscious’ two hours earlier than in search of medical assist.
The couple rang 999 at 10.55am after claiming to have discovered him not inhaling mattress and didn’t clarify how he got here by his accidents.
The court docket heard that the couple had beforehand referred to as Keigan derogatory names in messages to one another, referring to him as ‘wankstain’ and ‘shithead’.
O’Brien had launched into the connection with Currie six months earlier than Keigan’s demise, regardless of warnings to not exit with him, the court docket heard.
In October, she didn’t search medical assist when her son suffered two black eyes whereas within the care of Currie, telling her pal the toddler had fallen down the steps, jurors had been informed.
O’Brien defined to the pal she didn’t take him to hospital as a result of ‘they are going to begin asking questions’.
Later examination discovered blood spatters on the wall by Keigan’s excessive chair, not from the time he was fatally injured, and on Currie’s garments, the prosecution stated.
The jury delivered its verdicts after deliberating for almost 13 hours.
The defendants didn’t sit within the dock collectively however heard the verdicts individually.
They are going to be sentenced at a later date.
Jill Brookes, from the Crown Prosecution Service, stated: ‘Tragically, little Keigan O’Brien’s life got here to an finish solely 4 days after his second birthday.
‘He was killed in his own residence – the place the place he ought to have been most secure from hurt.
‘Having heard all of the proof, the jury determined that Currie inflicted deadly accidents on the defenceless little boy and O’Brien took no steps to guard her little one. They each then lied about what had occurred.’
She added: ‘The desperately unhappy and stunning end result of this case is that Keigan’s life ended earlier than it had barely begun.’
Following the verdicts, Keigan’s father stated: ‘Keigan was such a particular little boy. He was loveable, playful, energetic and stuffed with enjoyable.
‘He’ll all the time have a spot in our hearts and will probably be missed terribly. He won’t ever be forgotten and we’re actually heartbroken.’
Detective Chief Inspector James Axe, of South Yorkshire Police, welcomed the verdicts and stated Currie and O’Brien had proven no regret for Keigan’s demise.
He stated: ‘The one two folks chargeable for Keigan’s demise are O’Brien and Currie, two individuals who ought to have beloved and cared for him.
‘The truth is, they need to have been the very individuals who protected little Keigan above all else.’
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