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London crime: Mum and former lover deny murdering boy, 2, in Thornton Heath home

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London crime: Mum and former lover deny murdering boy, 2, in Thornton Heath home

A mum and her former lover have denied murdering her younger son at her home in Croydon.

Two-year-old Kyrell Matthews was discovered in cardiac arrest at a home in Thornton Heath on October 20, 2019.

He had suffered important blunt trauma accidents to numerous elements of his physique and 39 rib fractures.

The boy’s mum Phylesia Shirley, 23, of Bensham Manor Road and her former associate Kemar Brown, 27, of Grange Park Road, each additionally from Thornton Heath, have been charged with homicide and inflicting or permitting the loss of life of a kid.

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Both defendants appeared on the Old Bailey on Thursday (February 25) and denied the costs in opposition to them.

The pair spoke solely to enter not responsible pleas on the listening to, which was additionally attended by members of the boy’s household.

Anne Whyte QC, prosecuting, informed the court docket: “Both defendants deny inflicting any hurt on the deceased.”

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She added: “No clarification has been forthcoming from both of the defendants to clarify how the deceased obtained his accidents.”

Mark Bagshaw QC, representing Shirley, and Mark McDonald, representing Brown, additionally attended the listening to.

Judge Anthony Leonard set a trial date for January 5, 2022. The trial is predicted to final three to 4 weeks.

Shirley and Brown, who was not the boy’s father, have been remanded into custody.

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