Stepmother ate McDonald’s in front of the TV while a starving 6-year-old child was forced to stand in the hall for 14 hours before being murdered.
A STEPMUM ate McDonald’s while a six-year-old kid was locked in a hallway for 14 hours and forced to sleep on the floor, according to a court document.
It is claimed that Arthur Labinjo-Hughes, six, was assaulted by Thomas Hughes, 29, and his partner Emma Tustin, 32, and suffered “unsurvivable brain injuries.”
The alleged mistreatment Arthur suffered in the days preceding up to his death on June 17 last year was captured on camera and displayed to jurors today.
On June 12, Tustin was seen in her dressing robe carrying bags of McDonald’s takeout into the living room.
Arthur had been in the corridor for more than three hours and was “screaming” that he hadn’t eaten his lunch while she tucked in.
Around nine hours later, the boy was still in the hallway when Tustin was seen on CCTV laying under a blanket on the sofa, according to Coventry Crown Court.
She sent Hughes an audio clip of Arthur crying and expressed her displeasure with having to halt Coronation Street on television.
Tustin went on to say: “I was not impressed in the least. All I want is a cozy night on my setee under my duvet.” At 9.52 p.m., CCTV captured Arthur entering the living room carrying his duvet from the hallway.
Despite the fact that there were free beds upstairs, he had spent about 14 hours and 19 minutes in the corridor before falling asleep on the living room floor.
Jurors were also shown surveillance footage from the next day, in which Arthur appears to be “in pain or struggling” as he picks up his duvet.
More film shows Hughes smacking Arthur on the side of the head, and the boy winces as Tustin goes by.
The jury was shown text exchanges between the couple in which the small kid was referred to as a “demon child” and a “little f**k.”
Tustin texts Hughes at one point, saying: “I’m interested in you, but not in him. He does not treat me in this manner.” Dad Hughes also threatened to “tear his jaw off his shoulders” in one message and compared Tustin to “f***ing Hitler” in another.
The court has also heard audio snippets of Arthur sobbing while allegedly being abused that Tustin taped.
In another recording, the boy can be heard crying for his uncle Blake, stating, “Blake no one loves me, Blake no one loves me.”
He also cried in a video Tustin sent Hughes, saying, “Daddy’s going to throw me out the window, daddy’s going to throw me out the window, daddy’s going to throw me out the window, daddy’s going to throw me out the window, daddy’s going to throw me out the window, daddy’s going to throw me out the window, daddy’s going to throw me out the window, daddy’s going to throw me out the window,
Prior to his death, the sad kid was subjected to a “campaign of brutality” that matched the “medical criteria… Brinkwire News in a Nutshell