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Wednesday 13 December 2017

The little boy who was beaten to death by couple paid to mind him

This is the three-year old boy who was abused, neglected and beaten to death by a couple who were 'looking after' him for his mother.

Little Ryan Lovell-Hancox died in hospital on Christmas Eve having sustained multiple injuries from being battered.

A jury took seven hours to convict Christopher Taylor and Kayley Boleyn of murdering the boy in an attack at their flat in Bilston in the West Midlands of England, in 2008.

A four-week trial heard that Ryan's mother was paying around £40 (€44) a week for Taylor (25) and 19-year-old Boleyn to look after Ryan while she decorated her home in the month before the boy's death.

The pair were also convicted of child cruelty.

The defendants, who will be sentenced later this year, had been looking after Ryan -- who suffered more than 70 injuries -- for almost a month when he was subjected to a serious assault at their flat in Slim Avenue on December 22, 2008.



BEDDING

Ryan was seen at the bedsit by a housing support officer hours before the attack which led to his death.

The court heard that the officer, who gave Boleyn a lift to a job centre, assumed Ryan was asleep after seeing one of his legs sticking out from under bedding.

It also emerged that a child had also been seen by housing officials at the flat on previous occasions.

Boleyn and Taylor, who both face mandatory life sentences, showed little emotion when the unanimous verdicts were returned.

At the start of the trial, the jury hear Ryan's mother Amy Hancox was struggling to cope with Ryan on her own when she agreed that Boleyn should look after him.

Both defendants initially claimed Ryan had hit his head after falling in the bath.

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