24/Apr/2014 - Last News Update: 22:00

Tyler Whelan death: Mother denies partner was violent

Category: England

Published: 25th Apr 2012 13:59:00

The mother of a five-year-old boy who died of head and stomach injuries has denied ever seeing her partner violent towards children.

Tyler Whelan died in hospital on 7 March 2011 after collapsing at home at Paston in Peterborough, Cambridge Crown Court heard.

Elvis Lee, 34, denies murder. Stephanie Whelan, 27, the boy's mother denies causing or allowing his death.

The boy was admitted to hospital three times and doctors told social services.

In a statement read to jurors, Ms Whelan said Mr Lee had seemed "normal" on the day her son died.

When she was told Mr Lee may be responsible for her son's death, she said: "If he's the one that hurt my baby, I want him dead.

"My little boy didn't deserve it. He was so special, he was my rock.

"All week Elvis has been comforting me over my loss. How can he comfort me if he did it?

"I fell in love with this man and we were the only ones in the house with Tyler.

"He was always so nice to the kids. Why would he hurt my baby?"

When she was informed her son had been bitten on his left leg the day before he died, Ms Whelan told police that she would have never let Lee into the house if she had known he would hurt a child.

Asked how she thought Tyler had died, she said: "My presumption is that he fell off the side of the breakfast bar.

"It was just a horrible accident."

The court has been told she had a "love/hate relationship" with Mr Lee who was on an anger management course.

He had hit her in the past but she told police she had never seen him hit a child, the court heard.

Prosecutor Christopher Donnellan said the boy had suffered "non-accidental" injuries including a broken leg and injuries to his penis in the year leading up to his death.

Mr Lee and Ms Whelan, originally from Wigan, both deny three further counts of cruelty relating to their alleged failure to quickly seek medical treatment for earlier injuries.

The case continues.

Source:
BBC News External Link Show Citation

Latest News

Harvard Citation

BBC News, 2012. Tyler Whelan death: Mother denies partner was violent [Online] (Updated 25th Apr 2012)
Available at: http://www.ukwirednews.com/news/1424509/Tyler-Whelan-death-Mother-denies-partner-was-violent [Accessed 24th Apr 2014]

News In Other Categories

  • Amazon revenue up but offset by increasing expenses

    Internet retailer Amazon reported a 32% jump in profits to $108m (£64m) in the first quarter of 2014.
  • Amazon revenue up but offset by increasing expenses

    Internet retailer Amazon reported a 32% jump in profits to $108m (£64m) in the first quarter of 2014.
  • Peter Jackson changes third Hobbit film title

    Director Peter Jackson has changed the title of the final film in his Hobbit trilogy from There and Back Again to The Battle of the Five Armies.
  • Human skin grown in lab 'can replace animal testing'

    Skin grown in the laboratory can replace animals in drug and cosmetics testing, UK scientists say.
  • Amazon revenue up but offset by increasing expenses

    Internet retailer Amazon reported a 32% jump in profits to $108m (£64m) in the first quarter of 2014.
  • Bristol Academy extends reach overseas with first foreign students

    With the doors to its brand new £1million training centre officially open, one of the UK's leading apprentice training providers, Bristol based S&B Automotive Academy, is showcasing its world-class facilities by launching a series of foreign student exchanges for the first time in its 41-year history. To get a flavour of what life is like as an apprentice in the UK, the Academy hosted 16 apprentice engineers and bus drivers from the G9 Automotive College in Hamburg, Germany, as part of a Europe-wide vocational training initiative called the ‘Leonardo Programme’ with support from the European Social Fund. In a reciprocal arrangement, S&B will be sending nine apprentices to Germany during February 2012 so that they can get an appreciation of life in the automotive industry on the Continent. A further three German exchange groups are being planned for next year. Designed to assist the development of vocational skills and training across Europe, including work placements for trainees, the Leonardo Programme has a budget of €1.75bn, which is helping to encourage UK organisations to work with their counterparts abroad. In what is expected to be another challenging year for employers in the UK automotive sector, S&B’s Chief Executive, Jon Winter, claims that the exchange initiative will bring many benefits to the Academy and its apprentices: “In a world of global automotive brands, it’s important for our learners to understand the international context of the industry they have chosen to make their career. This new exchange programme will enable apprentices and Academy staff alike to achieve a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities within the automotive arena in Europe. With the Academy’s influence also extending to the USA and Asia, there’s every possibility that this initiative could move further afield in the future.” Continued Winter: “The need for skilled technicians across the world is on the increase and we actively encourage our apprentices to look at broader horizons during their training. Many of them have already learned the phrase ‘Vorsprung durch Gelehrtheit’, quite simply, ‘Advancement through learning.” In the 2010/11 academic year, S&B doubled the number of successful Apprenticeships over the previous year with some 350 apprentices graduating from the Academy. At the same time, achievement levels reached an all-time high with an overall success rate of 85%. For those learners on the Advanced Apprenticeship three-year programme, success rates were even higher, at over 98%. PHOTO CAPTION: As part of their exchange visit, S&B Automotive Academy arranged for the German apprentices to visit Hampshire bus operator, Bluestar, at its Barton Park depot. The students are pictured with S&B’s Andy West (3rd right) and Steve Prewett, Bluestar’s Area Engineering Manager (2nd right). Ends http://www.sandbaa.com