Tyneside pair found guilty of murdering two-year-old

Liam Fee

A mother and her partner have been convicted of murdering her two-year-old son in Scotland.

Liam Fee was found dead at a house in Fife in March 2014. The toddler had suffered a ruptured heart as a result of severe trauma to his body.

Rachel Trelfa or Fee, 31, and her civil partner Nyomi Fee, 28, originally from the Ryton area of Gateshead, were both convicted of Liam's murder following a seven-week trial at the High Court in Livingston.

Both women were also found guilty of abusing two other boys, including one they had falsely blamed for Liam's death.

Matt Forde, National Head of Service for NSPCC Scotland said:

Liam and the other children in the household were the subject of the most horrific and long-term abuse by a couple who should have loved and nurtured their family, but who instead brutally murdered a child in their care.

Everyone who has followed this case will have been deeply affected by the accounts of neglect, cruelty and violence inflicted on Liam during his short and tragic life. The details of how this couple submitted young children to such abhorrent abuse have rightly shocked the public, yet sadly cases of abuse and neglect are taking place every day in homes across the country damaging the futures of many children.

– Matt Forde, National Head of Service for NSPCC Scotland