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Tyler Whelan death: Elvis Lee and Stephanie Whelan guilty

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Published: 14th May 2012 15:53:45

A Peterborough man has been found guilty of the murder of his partner's five-year-old son.

Elvis Lee, 34, kicked and bit Tyler Whelan, who died in hospital in March 2011 after collapsing at home in Sheepwalk, Paston.

Tyler's mother, Stephanie Whelan, 27, was found guilty of causing or allowing his death. Both had denied the charges.

The boy had suffered "blunt force trauma" to the head and abdomen, Cambridge Crown Court heard.

Tyler's death followed three earlier admissions to hospital which had prompted doctors to contact social services.

A Serious Case Review is expected to be published shortly.

Whelan, of Sheepwalk, Paston, but originally from Wigan, and Lee, of Crabtree, Paston, were each cleared of two counts of cruelty or neglect relating to their failure to seek prompt medical attention on previous occasions.

A further charge of neglect against each of them was withdrawn.

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