Foster mother, 38, breaks down in tears as she admits ‘shaking the life’ out of the baby boy she was planning to adopt after calling him a ‘fat s**t’ and a ‘top t**t’ in texts to her husband
A foster mother broke down in tears and admitted to ‘shaking the life’ out of a one-year-old baby boy she hoped to adopt after calling him a ‘fat s**t’ and a ‘top t**t’ in texts to her husband.
Baby Leiland-James had been living with his prospective adoptive parents – Laura Castle and her husband, Scott, 35 – when emergency services were called to their home in Barrow-in-Furness on Januarie 6 laas jaar.
Kasteel, 38, initially claimed Leiland-James Corkill accidentally fell off the sofa at her home despite the youngster having suffered catastrophic head injuries.
The defendant continued to maintain Leiland-James’s death was a tragic accident until last week when she admitted his manslaughter on the eve of her trial at Preston Crown Court.
The youngster was a ‘looked-after child’ who was taken into care at birth before he was approved by authorities to live with Castle and her husband, Scott, 35, from August 2020.
The court heard the couple had struggled to bond with the baby and, unbeknown to social workers, were referring to him by ‘unpleasant and aggressive’ name, including a ‘s**t bag’, ‘fat s**t’ and a ‘top t**t’.
Messages between the pair, later discovered on their mobile phones, also revealed Laura Castle had been violent towards the child, telling her husband she had ‘lost the plot and leathered’ hom.
Baby Leiland-James (op die foto) had been living with his prospective adoptive parents – Laura Castle and her husband, Scott, 35 – when emergency services were called to their home in Barrow-in-Furness on January 6 laas jaar
Preston Crown Court heard Castle said she ‘lost her mind’ when Leiland-James Corkill wouldn’t stop crying after she gave him breakfast on the morning of January 6.
She told her barrister, David McLachlan QC: ‘I shook my beautiful boy. I just wanted him to stop crying.’
Mr McLachlan asked: ‘How many times did you shake him?’
Castle replied: bewyse wat beweer Morphew het sy selfoon op vliegtuigmodus aan en af gesit’
Mr McLachlan went on: ‘How much force did you use to shake him?’
The defendant said: ‘I don’t know but I would say a lot.’
She explained Leiland-James hit his head on the back of the arm of the sofa and fell off her knee to the floor.
Castle said: ‘I picked him up. I just couldn’t take the crying. I don’t know who that person is and then it’s like I realised what had happened and I thought he was winded.
Kasteel, 38, (links) initially claimed Leiland-James Corkill accidentally fell off the sofa at her home despite the youngster having suffered catastrophic head injuries. Op die foto regs: Castle’s husband Scott
‘I picked him up and his hands were like stiff, then he went floppy. He was like gasping and I just though he was winded.’
In trane, Castle accepted she had killed Leiland-James.
Mr McLachlan asked: ‘What went through your mind when you shook the life out of Leiland-James?’
Castle said: ‘Please stop crying, please stop crying. I just wanted it stop.’
She said at the time she told her husband the boy had fallen off the sofa, but omitted to inform him about the shaking.
Mr McLachlan said: ‘Why didn’t you tell the people trying their best to save Leiland-James’s life what had happened?’
Castle said: ‘I don’t have an excuse. I just panicked. I was just terrified of the consequences of my actions and ashamed.’
Her barrister said: ‘And police officers in interview gave you every opportunity to tell the truth?’
The defendant said: ‘Yes they did. I told the truth but I didn’t tell everything like I should have done.’
She admitted she had not also given a full account in her prepared defence statement ahead of the trial.
The youngster was a ‘looked-after child’ who was taken into care at birth before he was approved by authorities to live with Castle and her husband, Scott, 35, from August 2020
Castle said: ‘I found it so hard to admit that your child has died because of your actions, and I can’t take that back.’
Mr McLachlan asked: ‘When you shook Leiland-James, what did you intend Mrs Castle?
Sy het geantwoord: ‘I didn’t have any intention. I just lost my mind.’
Mr McLachlan added: ‘What did you think would happen when you shook this baby with such force?’
Sy het gese: ‘I honestly was not thinking that far ahead. He was screaming, he did not deserve to… I did not murder my little boy. It is not murder. My little boy, I have killed him.’
Castle leant her head against the witness box and sobbed loudly as the court ended the day’s session. She will face cross examination by prosecutor Michael Brady QC when the trial resumes today.
Haar man, an aerospace nightshift worker, also denies causing or allowing the death of a child. The pair both deny two separate charges of child cruelty.
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