January 17, 2022, 3:45

    Dad of toddler beaten to death ‘warned ex-partner of murder accused lover’

    Dad of toddler beaten to death ‘warned ex-partner of murder accused lover’

    A father warned his ex-partner about her lover before their toddler was allegedly beaten to death, a court was told.

    Darren Darby said he was concerned about son Kemarni Watson Darby’s wellbeing and asked his ex Alicia Watson to be cautious with her then boyfriend Nathanial Pope.

    Birmingham Crown Court was told today Watson ‘always defended’ Pope and said he would not hurt the three-year-old, reports Birmingham Live.

    Watson, 30, of Handsworth , and Pope, 31, of Wolverhampton, both deny murder and multiple child cruelty charges.

    When prosecutor Tony Badenoch asked what he was warned about, Mr Darby said: “Just him and the kid. So, the wellbeing of the kid, [was what] I was worried about."

    "[It was] always,’"it's not like that, he would never do anything like that.’”

    When asked when he had issued the warnings, he replied: “Lots of times.”

    Kemarni Watson Darby died in 2018
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    Mr Darby previously told jurors family members knew Watson was striking the tot with an 'almost full fist' before he died.

    He had been staying at her Black Country flat when he allegedly saw the mother subjecting her young son to 'very regular' beatings.

    The father said he was aware Kemarni was being slapped, punched and kicked by his 'strict' mother, who would beat her son 'when she lost her temper'.

    Kemarni had a number of severe injuries, including multiple fractures to his rib cage and wounds to his liver and colon
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    Prosecutors say three-year-old Kemarni suffered a 'vicious forceful assault' at the family’s West Bromwich home, splitting his abdomen and causing a 'massive' internal bleed which killed him on June 5, 2018.

    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.

    The ongoing trial is being heard at Birmingham Crown Court
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    Bruising was uncovered on his lungs, head, mouth, neck, arms, chest, abdomen, back and legs, prosecutors said, after his death in 2018.

    In a previous hearing in December, Watson had to be escorted from the dock when she sobbed uncontrollably as the court heard about the number of injuries inflicted on the tot.

    The trial continues.

    Sourse: mirror.co.uk

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