Arthur Labinjo-Hughes’ evil stepmother treats herself to McDonald’s and enjoys ice cream while the doomed six-year-old starves in the hallway
Harrowing video footage shows the monstrous stepmother of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes devouring a McDonald’s takeaway while the doomed six-year-old boy starves in the hallway.
Emma Tustin and Thomas Hughes, the pair who were sentenced to more than 20 years each for their roles in the death of little Arthur this week, can be seen tucking into ice creams at her Solihull home in West Midlands, l'anno scorso.
While the couple relax on the sofa, Arthur is left to stand by himself in the hallway, wearing a fluffy onesie in sweltering temperatures.
In altre clip, recorded on the couple’s home security footage, Tustin scoffs into two separate boxes of McDonald’s, while a starving Arthur is left to his own devices.
Tustin and Hughes starved the youngster, force-fed him salt-laden dishes and made him stand alone for more than 14 ore al giorno, in a degrading, punishing and hellish regime over the last painful months of his life.
Emma Tustin and Thomas Hughes can be seen tucking into ice creams at her Solihull home in West Midlands, l'anno scorso
While the couple relax on the sofa, six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes is left to stand by himself in the hallway, wearing a fluffy onesie in sweltering temperatures
In altre clip, recorded on the couple’s home security footage, Tustin scoffs into two separate boxes of McDonald’s, while a starving Arthur is left to his own devices.
Arthur Labinjo-Hughes, sei anni (sopra) fu sottoposto a una campagna di orrendi abusi che lo vide torturato, affamato e picchiato in uno dei casi più atroci di abusi sui minori della storia
Social workers, police and teachers are facing damning questions after a six-year-old boy’s stepmother was found guilty of his murder – and his father convicted of manslaughter – after the pair tortured, starved and beat him to death.
Emma Tustin killed Arthur Labinjo-Hughes by repeatedly slamming his head on a hard surface after she and 29-year-old Thomas Hughes starved the youngster and force-fed him food laden with salt.
Dopo aver ucciso Arthur, Tustin immediately fetched her mobile phone to take a photograph of him as he lay dying in the hallway to send to her boyfriend.
She called 999 and told the operator Arthur had ‘banged his head’.
After police arrived at her Solihull home, the self-pitying stepmother cried and tried to convince them the stick-thin boy had attacked her – while several miles away he lay dying in hospital.
He passed away the next day when his life support was turned off, with medics deciding there was nothing they could do due to the catastrophic nature of his injuries.
After concerned relatives told the council about bruises on the youngster’s back, social worker Jayne Kavanagh and support worker Angela Scarlett-Coppage visited Tustin’s home but reported ‘no concerns’ after carrying out cursory checks.
Tustin and Hughes had ‘coached’ Arthur and one of Tustin’s other children to pretend his injuries were the result of a play-fight.
A day before Arthur died of ‘unsurvivable’ head injuries inflicted by Tustin, he had been rendered ‘too weak’ even to hold a glass of water to his mouth. Il 130 areas of bruising found on the little boy’s body after his death equated to ‘nearly a bruise for every day of lockdown’.
Nel frattempo, social workers wanted to be anonymous when they gave evidence to the court, può essere rivelato.
Jailing Tustin and Hughes on Friday, Mr Justice Mark Wall QC said the couple’s campaign of cruel abuse against the defenceless youngster had been ‘without doubt one of the most distressing and disturbing cases I have had to deal with’.
Emma Tustin, 32, (sinistra) ha ucciso Arthur Labinjo-Hughes sbattendo ripetutamente la testa su una superficie dura dopo che lei e il 29enne Thomas Hughes hanno fatto morire di fame il giovane e lo hanno avvelenato con il sale
Sick Tustin fetched her mobile phone immediately after she beat Arthur to take a photograph of the youngster (nella foto, with his father Hughes) mentre giaceva morente nel corridoio della sua casa in Cranmore Road, Solihull, West Midlands, a giugno dell'anno scorso
Nella foto: Six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes with father Thomas Hughes and Thomas’ partner Emma Tustin. Emma Tustin has been convicted of murder and Thomas Hughes is guilty of manslaughter after a harrowing trial at Coventry Crown Court
Ex ministro dei bambini: "Abbiamo il dovere di rimediare"’ dopo l'omicidio di Arthur
L'omicidio di un bambino di sei anni da parte della matrigna dovrebbe indurre un cambiamento nell'assistenza sociale, ha suggerito un ex ministro dell'infanzia.
Arthur Labinjo-Hughes è stato lasciato con una lesione cerebrale irreversibile mentre era affidato alle sole cure della 32enne Emma Tustin, che venerdì è stato condannato all'ergastolo dopo essere stato condannato per omicidio per aver aggredito il bambino indifeso a Solihull a giugno 16, 2020.
L'ex ministro per i bambini Tim Loughton ha detto "noi"’ tutti hanno un "dovere"’ per assicurarsi che altri bambini vulnerabili non vengano delusi dall'assistenza sociale allo stesso modo di Arthur, il cui corpo è stato trovato coperto di 130 lividi dopo la sua morte.
‘Funding for children’s social care has lagged behind and social workers are overstretched and undervalued, when in truth they should be revered as our fourth emergency service,’ the Tory MP wrote in The Sun.
‘Early interventions to stop the causes of safeguarding problems have been diluted to late interventions to firefight symptoms.
‘This is a false economy where in this case a child paid with his life. We all have an interest in putting this right urgently and a duty to make sure it is.’
Solihull’s Local Child Safeguarding Partnership launched an independent review after it emerged in court that the boy had been seen by social workers just two months before his death, but they concluded there were ‘no safeguarding concerns’.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday said ministers will leave ‘absolutely no stone unturned’ to establish what went wrong in the ‘appalling’ case.
Speaking during a by-election campaign visit in north Shropshire, Ha detto il signor Johnson: ‘It is early days, but I can tell you this, we will leave absolutely no stone unturned to find out exactly what went wrong in that appalling case.’
Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi said he would be making a statement on the case to Parliament on Monday.
Tustin’s life sentence delivered on Friday carries a minimum term of 29 anni, while Arthur’s father Thomas Hughes was sentenced to 21 anni per omicidio colposo.
He said of little Arthur: ‘He was a healthy, happy young boy. He enjoyed his food, liked school, loved playing cricket and football and adored spending his time with his extended family.
‘He had been poisoned with so much salt that the levels of sodium in his blood could not be accurately and reliably measured. I am sure that you had also been poisoning him with smaller doses of salt for some time.
‘It is the only explanation for Arthur being heard regularly to cry out for food while rejecting the food that you prepared for him and offered him. It explains why you had been restricting his access to free water for some time.
‘He had been completely isolated from his extended family. He was forced to live a solitary and lonely life within your home, including being made to stand to attention alone in the hallway of the house for most of the day.
‘He was made to sleep downstairs on the hard floor without a mattress.
‘In the last three months of Arthur’s life he was subjected to the most unimaginable suffering at the hands of both of you.
‘You both told lies to conceal what was happening in that house.’
Addressing Hughes, Egli ha detto: 'Voi, sono sicuro, researched pressure pointing Arthur and then did it. Not in the playful way you suggested but as an attempt to cause maximum pain with minimum injury.’
La nonna materna di Arthur, Madeleine Halcrow, said Arthur loved nothing more than to play outside. But he was forced to wear a fluffy onesie for days during a baking heatwave and stand isolated in a hallway for 15 hours a day over six weeks in a ‘punishing regime’.
The little boy, who ‘loved his food’ and looked forward to mealtimes, was starved and forced to drink a lethal ‘salt slurry’ before he died. CCTV caught the bullies yelling at Arthur, out of sight in the hallway, as they tucked into fish and chips and McDonald’s with Tustin’s children.
The pair ‘denigrated, debased and dehumanised him’, taking everything he loved away from him as they turned Arthur into a ‘desperately sad, thin, weak, miserable child’.
Harrowing footage taken in Arthur’s final hours showed the youngster grimacing in pain with his emaciated frame showing through his tattered pyjamas as he shouted ‘no one loves me’ quattro volte poi "nessuno mi darà da mangiare"’ sette volte in 44 secondi.
One of his twisted punishments even saw Hughes cut up the boy’s favourite Birmingham City football shirt in front of him.
On Friday it emerged she had tried to take an overdose and hang herself in prison after already being attacked in jail by inmates dousing her with salt.
Tests revealed Arthur had been poisoned with salt in the hours before his collapse, mentre un esame autoptico ha scoperto che il giovane aveva sofferto per 130 lesioni separate.
Tustin ha ammesso due accuse di crudeltà sui minori durante il processo straziante a Coventry, compreso eseguire tre aggressioni al ragazzo e anche farlo sedere o stare in piedi nel suo corridoio fino a 14 ore al giorno come parte di un regime comportamentale.
Ha accettato di fare 200 registrazioni audio di Arthur, spesso piangendo e gemendo durante queste punizioni, affermando di averlo fatto solo per mandarli da Hughes per dimostrare che il ragazzo è "cattivo"’ comportamento mentre era assente.
Alcuni di questi brani sono stati suonati in tribunale, tra cui uno in cui si sente il ragazzo dire "nessuno mi ama", e un altro in cui gridava "nessuno mi darà da mangiare".
Hughes, In evidenza, aveva affermato che Tustin aveva "abusato mentalmente"’ e 'gaslighted'’ a conformarsi al regime disciplinare punitivo, ma ha anche ammesso di aver mentito al personale della scuola che stava controllando i progressi di Arthur durante il primo blocco del Covid.
Tustin, che ha accettato di essere crudele con Arthur in alcune occasioni ed era incinta di Hughes’ bambino non ancora nato in quel momento, ha detto che era "disgustata e si vergognava"’ dal suo comportamento ammesso.
Ma lei affermò spietatamente che il trauma cranico fatale di Arthur doveva essere stato autoinflitto, probabilmente causato da lui che si è buttato giù per le scale nel suo corridoio, e descrivendo come ha sentito un "bang"’ e una "crepa".
Neighbours painted a bleak picture of the turmoil that Arthur would have been subjected to after moving in with his step-mother.
Parlando con CoventryLive, one neighbour, che non voleva essere nominato, claims she saw Tustin armed herself with a garden spade and angrily chased away an ex-boyfriend.
The neighbour explained: ‘She was a nutcase, a fruit loop.
‘One day, her ex came down the road, there had been a row, and she was chasing him down the road with a garden spade.;
The ‘evil’ stepmother was also said to have rowed with neighbours in disputes over cats.
‘As soon as she moved in she gave a woman a few doors down a nervous breakdown about cats’, the neighbour added.
‘She was shouting “get your cats to stop s***ing on my driveway”. As if you can do that?’
It comes as the Director of Association of Child Protection Professionals said Arthur should have been the top priority of local social services.
Asked if the six-year-old should have been at the top of social services’ priority list, Wendy Thorogood told Times Radio: ‘He should and you would have expected them to actually look at his history, but unfortunately they go on what they see at that moment in time.
‘I can’t comment on what they actually witnessed but you have to remember he was at the hands of quite cruel people who could manipulate him, his environment and professionals.
‘I would have expected any assessment to really take account of the grandmother’s photos, I would have expected join conversations and real conversation with Alfie, and that appears to have been missed.’
Ms Thorogood added: ‘We have to remember this was under Covid, so he wasn’t actually getting additional oversight from school and education.
‘I feel they took probably the assessment he was out happy, giocando, a boy being boisterous.
‘I would have expected any bruises that had been shown would have actually been shared with health to actually have a view as well as to where the injury was.
‘The biggest thing is to actually speak with the child and I can’t say whether or not that actually happened.
‘Equally, it’s a society responsibility, in relation to his cries were so abnormal if we’d had an anonymous call from one of the neighbours that could have given them more power to do the investigation.
‘He wasn’t on a child protection list, he wasn’t one of the children that you would have considered to be a priority.’
It comes as the ex-head of the council department that failed Arthur Labinjo-Hughes announced she was retiring weeks after his murder – but refused to apologise yesterday.
Louise Rees, 60, tendered her resignation to Solihull Council chiefs shortly after the six-year-old’s death sent shockwaves around the children’s services department, hanno detto le fonti.
But she was allowed to keep working, and drawing her £123,000 salary, for another 12 months while a replacement was sought. Mrs Rees refused to apologise when contacted by the Daily Mail.
Louise Rees (nella foto), 60, tendered her resignation to Solihull Council chiefs shortly after the six-year-old’s death sent shockwaves around the children’s services department, hanno detto le fonti
The ex-head of the council department that failed Arthur Labinjo-Hughes (nella foto) announced she was retiring weeks after his murder – but refused to apologise yesterday
Mrs Rees is likely to have left with a generous lump sum and an annual pension of at least £40,000. Secondo il suo profilo LinkedIn, she is currently ‘retired and loving it’.
The career civil servant also left her previous job at Stoke City Council, where she was the £140,000-a-year director of children and family services, a week before it too was lambasted for serious failings.
Ofsted inspectors found that, during Mrs Rees’s tenure, services for children ‘seriously declined’ as a result of ‘poor leadership, management oversight and an absence of performance inspection’.
Children were ‘not being protected’ and ‘widespread and serious failures’ left them at ‘risk of serious harm’.
Although inspectors did not single out individuals for criticism, their report in February 2019 was unequivocal.
‘Leaders and managers failed to recognise and manage risk at every level of the organisation,’ loro hanno detto.
An inspection in 2015 had noted that services required improvement or were good, and council chiefs had no idea things had got ‘so bad’.
In the wake of the report, government commissioner Eleanor Brazil, who helped turn around Haringey Council in north London following the Baby P scandal, was sent in to review the department.
Ragazzo che non ha mai avuto una possibilità: Da madre assassina a padre e matrigna che lo hanno deriso e abusato di lui fino al giorno della sua morte – cronologia del caso tragico
febbraio: La madre biologica di Arthur, Olivia Labinjo-Halcrow, 29, uccide il suo compagno Gary Cunningham accoltellandolo 12 volte con un coltello da cucina.
Arthur viene affidato alle cure di suo padre, Thomas Hughes, 29. Più tardi incontra Emma Tustin, 32, in linea.
Hughes and Arthur moved into an annexe at the back of his parent’s garden.
His grandmother said Arthur was ‘nervous’ at first but became a ‘happy, well-rounded child’.
agosto: Hughes met Tustin on dating website Plenty of Fish. They went on their first date in a pub.
Tustin failed to reveal that in 2013 she had tried to commit suicide.
She also failed to reveal how her first two children went to live with their fathers.
After three dates Hughes introduced Tustin to Arthur.
settembre: Hughes’ brother Blake said his nephew’s behaviour ‘change quite a lot’.
He said his brother became more anxious at being told off while his brother ‘became a lot stricter.’
Hughes also recalled an incident where he argued with Tustin because he bought Arthur a Subway sandwich, which she said was ‘an unnecessary treat.’
ottobre: Aileen Carabine, a special educational coordinator at Arthur’s school, said Arthur ‘deteriorated’ that month.
She said he became more reserved, anxious and ‘not quite as smiley’.
novembre: Thomas and his mother Joanne met with Arthur’s school to discuss their growing concerns about his behaviour.
Teachers said Arthur was having nightmares and spoke of his father ‘killing him.’
Tustin became pregnant with Hughes, but had a miscarriage.
dicembre: Arthur became upset during a Christmas nativity when the baby was taken out of its crib.
Hughes proposed to Tustin in the annexe.
gennaio: La scuola di Arthur inizia a sollevare preoccupazioni su di lui, compresa la sua "attaccamento"’ e "ossessione"’ con i peluche'.
febbraio: Tustin took Arthur with her to have her hair done. Arthur was made to sit at a table with his hands on his knees and not move.
marzo: Hughes e Arthur si trasferiscono nella casa di Tustin a Solihull.
aprile 16: La nonna paterna di Arthur, Joanne Hughes, ha chiamato la squadra di emergenza del consiglio di Solihull per segnalare lividi sulle sue spalle.
aprile 17: L'assistente sociale Jayne Kavanagh e l'assistente sociale Angela Scarlett-Coppage visitano la casa di Tustin ma non segnalano "nessuna preoccupazione".
aprile 20: Una disperata Joanne Hughes racconta alla scuola di Arthur del rinvio ai servizi sociali che aveva fatto quattro giorni prima. Michelle Hull, salvaguardare il piombo alla Dickens Heath Community Primary School, contatta i servizi sociali ma gli viene detto che non hanno "preoccupazioni".
aprile (data specifica non chiara): Thomas Hughes telegrafa la scuola di Arthur nei messaggi online, insistendo che sta "facendo alla grande".
aprile (data specifica non chiara): Lo zio di Arthur, Daniel Hughes, cerca di avvisare la polizia dei lividi di Arthur.
Maggio giugno (data specifica non chiara): Quando John Dutton, Il patrigno di Tustin, dice di aver fatto una telefonata anonima ai servizi sociali.
giugno 8: Arthur’s school re-opened but Hughes did not send him back. He claimed his son had a bad night’s sleep and would send him back the next day.
Arthur would never return to school.
giugno 12-15: Arthur spent more than 35 hours in isolation in the hallway.
On Friday Arthur was made to stand in hall for 14 ore, 19 minuti, as Tustin ate McDonald’s with her son in the living room.
On Saturday Arthur was made to stand in the hall for 11 ore e 49 minuti.
Nel video, Hughes can be seen slapping him around the head while Tustin grabbed him by the scruff of the neck as she marches him from the kitchen to the hallway.
The couple spent time in their garden hot tub and eating ice creams.
On Sunday Arthur was in the hallway for 10 ore e 54 minutes and made to wear a fleece onesie.
giugno 15: Tustin is seen waking Arthur up at 7.06am by ripping his bedding from underneath him.
L'orribile video finale mostra un Arthur emaciato che lotta per raccogliere un piumone dal pavimento del soggiorno dove era stato costretto a dormire.
giugno 16: Arthur suffered an ‘unsurvivable injury’ causato da Tustin che sbatte ripetutamente la testa su una superficie dura.
giugno 17: Arthur’s life support was switched off and he died in hospital.
luglio 2, 2021: Labinjo-Halcrow viene incarcerato per 11 anni per aver ucciso il signor Cunningham.