Evil mum let son die at hands of sick boyfriend who inflicted horror injuries

An evil mum allowed her two-year-old son to die at the hands of her sick boyfriend after he suffered a catalogue of horrific injuries.

Sarah O'Brien, 33, was found guilty of child cruelty and causing or allowing the death of Keigan, who died in January of this year, Yorkshire Live reports.

The tragic tot was murdered by O'Brien's partner of six months Martin Currie, who was looking after him at the family home in Doncaster, South Yorks, while his mum was out of the house.

Jurors at Sheffield Crown Court were told Keigan suffered a brain bleed in the incident in January, possibly from having his head hit against a wall or the floor.

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Over the previous weeks, he had suffered a broken spine, broken ribs and a broken arm due to twisting.

O'Brien was cleared of murdering her son but vile Currie, 36, was convicted of murder and child cruelty.

The trial, which lasted five weeks before this morning's verdict, heard that Currie searched on the internet for terms including "irregular breathing", "gurgling" and "unconscious" two hours before seeking medical help.

The couple called 999 after claiming to have found him not breathing in bed and did not explain how his injuries came about.

The court heard that the couple had previously called Keigan derogatory names in messages to each other, referring to him as “w***stain” and “s***head”.

O’Brien started her relationship with Currie six months before Keigan’s death, despite warnings against doing so, the court heard.

In October of last year, she did not seek medical help when her son suffered two black eyes while in the care of Currie, telling her friend the toddler had fallen down the stairs.

She explained to the friend she did not take him to hospital because "they will start asking questions".

Later examination found blood spatters on the wall by Keigan’s high chair, not from the time he was fatally injured, and on Currie’s clothes, the prosecution said.

The jury delivered its verdicts after deliberating for nearly 13 hours. The defendants did not sit in the dock together but heard the verdicts separately.

They will be sentenced at a later date.

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