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Mum of killed tot received threat'

PUBLISHED: 15:22 29 October 2008 | UPDATED: 15:48 16 August 2010

A MOTHER accused of murdering her 17-month-old son said that her lodger had appeared very calm when they discovered his body. The 27-year-old woman denied deliberately breaking the child s back or fracturing his ribs and claimed she did not even suspec

A MOTHER accused of murdering her 17-month-old son said that her lodger had appeared 'very calm' when they discovered his body.

The 27-year-old woman denied deliberately breaking the child's back or fracturing his ribs and claimed she did not even suspect he had been hurt by anyone else.

But she told the court last Friday how she had been threatened by her lodger Jason Owen, 36, from Bromley earlier that day after she had asked him to move out.

She told jurors how she found the boy lifeless in his room after being woken by her 32-year-old boyfriend and Owen on the morning of August 3 last year.

She said: "Jason told me there was something wrong with him. I asked what did they mean and they said it was something serious."

She said she started to call 999 as she rushed into her son's room.

She added: "He was lying on his tummy. I was relaying instructions to myboyfriend from the ambulance crew and then I found it hard to speak so I passed the phone to him."

Her boyfriend, who was performing CPR on the boy on the bedroom floor, was very emotional but Mr Owen appeared 'very calm', she added.

The mother said: "I could tell he was dead. I felt I had failed him and not got him help earlier. I didn't know what was wrong with him."

She claimed that earlier that day she had told Jason Owen to move out and he replied: "You will regret that."

The mother added: "I had received a threat earlier in the day and I should have connected it. It was my job to know there was a risk."

She went to the hospital with her son and was later arrested by police.

She made no comment in two police interviews but at the start of the trial at the Old Bailey pleaded guilty to allowing the death of a child.

Asked why she admitted that charge, she said she should have known something was wrong when she discovered he had a tooth missing at around 6pm on August 2.

A post mortem revealed the boy died after suffering a broken back which would have left him paralysed.

The boy had been placed on the Child Protection Register with Haringey Social Services after an allegation of assault in December 2006.

The boy's mother and her 32-year-old lover, who both cannot be named for legal reasons, and lodger Jason Owen, 36, deny murder.

The boyfriend, of Haringey and Owen, of Wittersham Road, Bromley also deny causing or allowing the death of a child.

The mother, also of Haringey, has admitted allowing the death of a child, but denies causing the death.

The trial continues.

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