Alfie Lamb: Car death accused mum guilty of cruelty

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Image caption Alfie Lamb was described in court as “the loveliest boy you could ever meet”

The mother of a three-year-old boy allegedly crushed by a car seat has been found guilty of child cruelty.

Adrian Hoare, 23, failed to prevent her boyfriend Stephen Waterson, 25, from allegedly squashing Alfie Lamb in the footwell of his Audi convertible with his seat in February last year.

Hoare was cleared of manslaughter while a jury failed to reach a verdict on the same charge for Mr Waterson.

The pair previously admitted perverting the course of justice.

Hoare and Mr Waterson had been travelling with Emilie Williams and Marcus Lamb, who was driving, and were returning to Croydon from a shopping trip in Sutton on 1 February last year.

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Image caption Adrian Hoare failed to prevent her boyfriend Stephen Waterson from allegedly squashing Alfie

During the trial, a police interview of 19-year-old Ms Williams said Mr Waterson’s seat “was right back… because he said he had to stretch his legs right out”.

It was alleged Mr Waterson became annoyed at Alfie’s crying and twice moved his front passenger seat into him as he sat at his mother’s feet.

Alfie screamed for his “mummy” but Hoare just slapped him and told him to “shut up”, Mr Lamb said.

By the time they arrived at Mr Waterson’s home in Croydon, south London, the boy had collapsed and stopped breathing.

Afterwards the defendants lied to police about what happened.

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