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When asked directly why she allowed Mariusz Krezolek, "day after day, to act in the way he was" by Mr. Lambert, Magdalena Luczak replied, "I simply loved him so much and allowed for the treatment."
"You loved him so much? Over and above your own children?"
Mr. Lambert told her that was, "nonsense".
Magdalena Luczak told the jury that Mariusz Krezolek was trying to "introduce discipline" to her son Daniel Pelka.
She was answering a question from Nigel Lambert QC, who put it to her that she "did not know how to cope" with Daniel.
"He withdrew into his own little world, becoming isolated from the family," the barrister said.
"Mariusz isolated him. Every day he would take him upstairs and sit with him by the computer," she replied.
Magdalena Luczak tells the court that Daniel's natural father Eryk Pelka "wasn't interested" in his son at all.
Nigel Lambert also put it to her that drink and drugs were the "root of the violence" between her and Mariusz Krezolek.
"A good deal of it would be you picking fights for no reason and flying at Mr. Krezolek."
"No," she replied. "He would attack me and I would defend myself."
Magdalena Luczak is back in the witness box for a second day of testimony. Speaking through an interpreter, she is being questioned by Mariusz Krezolek's barrister Nigel Lambert.
The two both deny murder and causing or allowing the death of a child in relation to the death of her son Daniel, who died in Coventry in March last year.
A murder trial at Birmingham Crown Court has heard evidence for the first time from the mother of a four year old boy she is accused of murdering. Daniel Pelka died in March last year.
Magdalena Luczak told the jury that her co-defendant, Mariusz Krezolek, "hated" the child, and "had no feelings" for him. Both deny two charges of murder and causing or allowing Daniel's death. Callum Watkinson reports.
A mother accused of starving and murdering her four-year-old son Daniel Pelka described the moment she discovered "he wasn't breathing" in the early hours of Saturday March 3.
Magdelena Luczak told the court: "When I was going upstairs I looked at Daniel's face in the box room. The face was totally different. There was green liquid coming from his mouth. I went in and checked, he wasn't breathing, I began shouting."
She also described the days leading up to that night. On Thursday March 1 Luczak claimed she was in the living room when she heard Mariusz Krezolek shouting at Daniel upstairs.
She said: "Daniel was crying, Mariusz was shouting at him because he'd wet himself.
"Mariusz hit him in the back of his head and Daniel fell to the front of him. I started shouting at him and Mariusz started strangling me."
According to Luczak's account, Krezolek then grabbed Daniel by his shirt and took him to the bathroom, while she went to fetch some new clothes.
"I was standing in the hallway between the bedrooms. Mariusz cleaned Daniel in a very unpleasant way. He grabbed him by the T-shirt and dragged him into the box room.
"He hit him again with a hand and he knocked him down to the mattress."
The trial was adjourned until tomorrow.
Magdalena Luczak said Mariusz Krezolek told her that if she fed her son Daniel, she would have to take the children and leave the house.
Asked why she didn't leave, she said: "First of all, I wouldn't be allowed to take the baby. Secondly, I didn't have any money. All the money was going into Mariusz's account."
Magdalena Luczak said she tried to protect her son when punishments from Mariusz Krezolek intensified, but was then attacked by her boyfriend.
She told the court: "I had enough because Daniel was punished by Mariusz almost every day. I did nothing. I was trying to prevent (Krezolek) but every time I interrupted him, he strangled me."
Magdalena Luczak has told the jury at Birmingham Crown Court that her son Daniel Pelka was being refused meals at home in January 2012, and that her partner Mariusz Krezolek checked the boy's belly to see if had eaten:
When asked by her barrister to explain "how it came about that a mother was prevented from feeding her own son", Luczak said:
Magdalena Luczak has been describing how events unfolded leading up to Daniel Pelka's death.
She said her boyfriend Mariusz Krezolek's relationship with her son began to change when Daniel started school in September 2011 and Krezolek realised Daniel was taking sandwiches from other children.
She said he became very angry, "shouting at him, smacking him on his bottom and giving him punishments."
These included "kneeling in the corner, doing squats and running."
She said at this stage she "thought it was good Mariusz was trying to stop Daniel from taking these sandwiches", because her son had previously not listened to her.