Mother and boyfriend deny murder of toddler, Bobby Louch

Collette Harris, 16 years for Murdering her baby son Bobby
Collette Harris, charged with murdering her son Bobby, with James Phillips

UK – The Old Bailey is today hearing another case reminiscent of the death of baby Peter Connolly.

Collette Harris, 30, of Chapel Close, Dartford, Kent, and James Phillips, 25, of Dale View, Erith, Kent, deny murdering Bobby on 29 December 2008.

They also deny an alternative charge of causing or allowing his death.

Baby Bobby was taken to hospital from Halcot Avenue, Bexleyheath, Kent, where he was living with his mother Collette Harris and James Phillips. He died from multiple injuries.

Richard Whittam, QC, prosecuting, said: ”At the time of his death, Bobby Louch was covered in bruises.

”He was recovering from a broken leg occasioned approximately 20 days earlier.”

The toddler had a burn on his right hand.

Whittam went on, ”The sum total of injuries to his head was such that he is unlikely to have been remotely normal thereafter.”

”The injury to his abdomen was the result of a significant direct trauma, perhaps a punch or a kick.”

”There is compelling evidence that the multiple injuries suffered by Bobby Louch were the result of deliberate and repeated violence.

”The injuries which caused his death were inflicted when he was living with his mother and her then boyfriend James Phillips.

”Whichever did that direct action, the other should have appreciated the danger to which Bobby had been exposed and should have done something about it.” added Mr Whittam.

The Trial Continues…

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Author: Dr Suusi Watson

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