Toddler killer gets life

Rebecca Shuttleworth, 24, has been jailed for life, with a minimum term of 18 years for murdering her two-year-old son in Birmingham.

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Toddler found with 37 injuries to his head, back and legs

A police image illustrating some of the injuries identified on Keanu Williams. Credit: West Midlands Police/PA Wire

Two-year-old Keanu Williams was found dead in his home in January 2011. His mother Rebecca Shuttleworth has been jailed for life with a minimum term of 18 years after being convicted of beating him to death.

A police image illustrating some of the 37 injuries identified on the body of Keanu Williams. Credit: West Midlands Police/PA Wire

The jury were told that when he died Keanu had 37 separate injuries including extensive bruising to his head, stomach, back and legs, as well as previous burns to his foot.

A police image illustrating some injuries identified on Keanu Williams' foot in December 2010. Credit: West Midlands Police/PA Wire


Boyfriend given suspended sentence for toddler murder

The former partner of a woman found guilty of murdering her two-year-old son has been given a suspended sentence and 200 hours community service.

Keanu Williams, whose body showed 37 external marks of injury, was found dead in January 2011.

Luke Southerton, was yesterday found guilty of wilful assault.

The 31-year-old will also have to complete 30 days of victim awareness work.

Keanu's mother, Rebecca Shuttleworth, 25, was found guilty of murder and jailed for life with a minimum term of 18 years.

Baby killer celebrates lottery win before trial

A video has emerged of Rebecca Shuttleworth celebrating a friend's lottery win while waiting to go on trial for her son's murder.

Shuttleworth, 25, is due to be sentenced today for killing toddler Keanu Williams.

The footage above shows People's Postcode Ambassador Judie McCourt presenting the prize at the home of a friend of Shuttleworth's.

Two-year-old Keanu died in January 2011, the video above was posted seven months later.

(The video was later removed by the user)


Detective: "Worst child abuse case I've ever seen"

Keanu Williams died in January 2011 Credit: ITV News Central

The detective in charge of an investigation into the death of a three-year-old boy in Birmingham, has said it was the "worst" child abuse case she had ever seen.

Detective chief inspector Caroline Marsh of West Midlands Police has described Rebecca Shuttleworth as "a monster" for the harm she inflicted on the toddler.

"The officers who have been working on this case have been shocked by the total abuse suffered," said Ms Marsh.

Rebecca Shuttleworth has been convicted of murdering her son Credit: David Jones/PA Wire/Press Association Images

She added: "At the time of his death he had more than 30 separate bruises and burns to his tiny body and must have suffered terribly as a result."

'Lessons to be learned' says child safeguarding board in Birmingham

An organisation which overlooks how agencies co-operate to protect children in Birmingham, has released a statement following the guilty verdict of the mother who murdered her two-year-old son in Birmingham.

This is an extremely sad case and my sympathies are with those who knew Keanu.

It is already clear that there are lessons to learn from how various agencies worked together to support Keanu and his family.

The serious case review into Keanu’s death will now be completed and will be published shortly. This review will identify those lessons, establish what has changed since Keanu’s death and importantly make recommendations on how we can further improve the safeguarding of children in Birmingham.

– Jane Held, independent chair of the multi-agency Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board

The mothers of Keanu Williams, Rebecca Shuttleworth, will be sentenced tomorrow for the death of her son, who died of head and chest injuries at his home in Ward End, Birmingham.

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