Killed toddler ‘begged to be freed from room locked by mum’s lover with wires’

A suspected toddler killer locked his girlfriend’s ‘naughty’ son in a room using electrical cables, a murder trial has heard.

To punish three-year-old Kemarni Watson Darby, Nathaniel Pope would allegedly shut him in a bedroom by wrapping a door handle with a wire so he could not escape until he ‘calmed down’.

The toddler was tragically found "lifeless" at home in West Bromwich, West Midlands, on June 5, 2018, after suffering what prosecutors describe as a "vicious, forceful assault".

According to Birmingham Live, tragic Kemarni's abdomen had been split which caused a "massive" internal bleed.

His mum Alicia Watson and Mr Pope are accused of subjecting the toddler to repeated "extremely painful" assaults in the months before his death.

Watson, 30, of Raglan Road in Handsworth, Birmingham, and Pope, 31, of Evans Street, Wolverhampton, both deny murder and multiple child cruelty charges.

A witness – who cannot be named for legal reasons – claimed Pope would lock the youngster in a room "a lot" but "never really" beat him, Birmingham Crown Court heard.

In an interview played to jurors, the witness said: “Pope used to get the wire and turn it around the door handle.

"It was like some electrical wire that was snapped off. He would wrap it around the door handle.

“Kemarni would just bang on the door and try and get out. [Pope] would just do nothing.”

Jurors in the murder trial heard how Watson would allegedly beat Kemarni "really hard" when he misbehaved.

Kemarni would be left feeling ‘really upset’ after the assaults and would just stay in his cot, the witness claimed.

The witness went on to say Watson would not kick or punch her son but would only slap him.

They added: “Kemarni was naughty. He always threw toys at people and swore because he got angry at people for some reason.

“Kemarni did a lot of naughty things. He used to always slam the doors. He used to take off his nappy and run.

"He used to open the door when Watson was on the toilet.

“She got angry and kept on having to clean the carpet because he weed and pooed. She would beat him up really hard.”

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Watson would never slap Kemarni on his face or arms, the witness added.

They said: “She always had that angry face. She did not punch or kick, it was mostly slapping.”

Kemarni was left with a 'plethora' of severe injuries including multiple fractures to his rib cage, as well as wounds to his liver and colon.

Bruising was uncovered on his lungs, head, mouth, neck, arms, chest, abdomen, back and legs, prosecutors previously said.

The "catalogue" of injuries also included scars to the eyes, cheeks, knees and limbs, the court heard.

The trial continues.

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