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Mum's boyfriend 'killed toddler Finley Thomas in a vicious attack' court hears

A man murdered his girlfriend's 17-month-old baby in a "deliberate and vicious" attack, a Cardiff Crown Court has been told.

Finley Thomas was found motionless and looking "ghostly" in colour by paramedics at his home in Tonypandy.

The jury heard his mum said Finley had fallen down the stairs

Sean Buckley has pleaded not guilty to one count of murder Credit: Wales News Service

Boyfriend Sean Buckley, who's 28, has pleaded not guilty to one count of murder.

He has also denied one count of causing child cruelty - a charge also denied by Finley's mother Chloe Thomas.

Finley suffered 'catastrophic' injuries Credit: Wales News Service

The court heard Chloe Thomas made a 999 call and told the operator that her son had "banged his head" and was "lying floppy".

Finley was first taken to the Royal Glamorgan Hospital before being transferred to the University Hospital of Wales, Cardiff.

He died the following day.

The catastrophic injuries sustained by Finley were a result of a deliberate and vicious act by Sean Buckley.

And to avoid the consequences of his own violent conduct, he has persisted in the deceitful manufactured account and has been assisted by the lies and support of Chloe Thomas.

These were wicked and quite deliberate lies.

– ROGER THOMAS QC, PROSECUTOR

The prosecution said a post-mortem later revealed Finley had several other injuries - including rib fractures and a fractured skull.

It also highlighted a report made by a consultant paediatric radiologist, saying Finley's injuries could have been caused after being shaken and thrown or from "multiple impacts".

These injuries should not have been present on a 17-month-old child.

Most falls down the stairs... do not cause subdural haemorrhages.

– ROGER THOMAS QC, PROSECUTOR

Mr Buckley and Miss Thomas both deny the charges.

The trial is expected to last six weeks.

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