Beating, starving, pouring ice water and plunging into a cold bath. To him it was “discipline”. The judge would bluntly say: Torture. A 9-year-old boy did not survive the ordeal. There will be more than 50 injuries on his body.
His name was Alfie Steele (†9) and he became the child who never grew up. On February 18, 2021, the boy’s decomposed body was found in Troitwich, England. The baby was in a bathtub full of water. It doesn’t breathe. It is said that he hit his head while taking a bath and fell asleep.
His mother, Karla Scott, 35, called 911. But it may be doubtful whether she wants to help him.
When emergency services arrived, the nine-year-old was out cold. His body had bruises and other injuries. Later, investigators would point out that there were 50 people on the head, back, legs and buttocks.
The child was taken to a hospital in Birmingham. His condition was critical. A nine-year-old boy could not be saved.
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Alfie Steele was going through hell at home
The boy’s battered body pointed to one thing. A nine-year-old boy must have been in hell there. In the months before Alfie’s death, the school reported that the child was constantly hungry and had dirty, smelly clothes. Once he was even given a new school uniform.
Social activists were informed about the boy’s condition. They advised the mother of a nine-year-old boy to give him a big breakfast. Scott explained that his son was the kind of kid who would eat everything in sight. Attempting to ask about Alfie’s condition, he responded aggressively and profanity. “I don’t want to talk to social workers,” the 35-year-old replied.
A nine-year-old boy was not only starved, but also beaten. The mother and her accomplice Dirk Howell, 41, beat the boy with a belt. They plunged him into a cold bath. They threw him out of the house in the cold, naked. The child did not go to school, he was behind schedule.
A scream was heard from the house. Neighbors heard the boy crying and begged for mercy. Why couldn’t anyone protect him from the worst?
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The mother and stepfather were charged with murder
Investigators have no doubt that Alfie was beaten and abused by his mother and her partner. The depraved couple were charged with murder and child abuse. Their trial is pending at Coventry Crown Court.
Scott and Howell were not involved in the nine-year-old’s death. Initially, the 35-year-old argued that she was home alone on the tragic day. But the authorities did not believe it.
On the same day, police arrested a 41-year-old man at the railway station. When asked why he was arrested, he replied to the officer: “What are you doing?”.
Although social services were interested in the nine-year-old’s fate, the evidence of abuse was insufficient. Alfie could not be taken from the hangmen.
Judgment of executioners
A couple who brutally abused a 9-year-old boy for months have been sentenced. Both the judge and the arbitrator cannot be indifferent to the suffering of the child.
“This child is being forced to endure a life that no one should have to experience,” the lawyer said.
The boy’s mother and stepfather pleaded not guilty during the trial, denying the charges of murder and manslaughter. They said the 9-year-old drowned while sleeping in the bathtub.
The court found the 41-year-old man guilty of murdering the boy and the mother of the 9-year-old boy guilty of involuntary manslaughter.
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(Source: dailymail.co.uk, birminghammail.co.uk, worcesternews.co.uk)
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