A man has admitted killing his girlfriend’s 18-month-old son.
Toddler Andrew Cawker died in hospital 13 days after suffering a head injury on July 9, 2019.
Scott Coombe pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey to the toddler’s manslaughter today (January 27).
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The toddler’s mum, 24-year-old Tamika Beaton, has denied child cruelty or failing to call social services about Andrew’s injuries.
Previously, the 24-year-old denied murder and child cruelty in the months before Andrew’s death.
He faces a trial on October 3 before a High Court judge at the Old Bailey alongside Andrew’s mum, who has denied child cruelty.
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The charge against her claim that she “wilfully ill-treated or neglected” Andrew in a manner likely to cause unnecessary suffering or injury between January 7 and July 9 2019.
It is claimed that during that time she failed to prevent him from being injured while he was in the care of Coombe.
According to the charge, Beaton, from Peckham, also failed to notify social services of injuries Andrew suffered while Coombe was looking after him.
Coombe, of Petts Wood, Orpington, was remanded into custody following the hearing before Judge Mark Lucraft QC.
Beaton, who appeared in court by video link, is on conditional bail.
A further hearing in the case will take place on March 3.
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