Alfie Lamb: Mum guilty of child cruelty after son's alleged car seat death

21 February 2019, 16:57 | Updated: 21 February 2019, 18:37

A mother has been found guilty of child cruelty after the death of her son, who was allegedly crushed by a car seat.

Jurors at the Old Bailey found Adrian Hoare not guilty of the manslaughter of three-year-old Alfie Lamb following an incident in February last year.

The 11-man jury was unable to reach a majority verdict on the manslaughter charge against Adrian Hoare's boyfriend, Stephen Waterson.

But Waterson was found guilty of intimidation of a witness, and Hoare was convicted of common assault on another witness.

Hoare, 23, allegedly failed to prevent Waterson, 25, from squashing Alfie in the footwell of his Audi convertible with his seat.

The trial heard the defendants had gone shopping in Sutton, accompanied by Alfie, Emilie Williams, 19, Marcus Lamb, 22, and another young child.

Jurors were shown CCTV of Alfie running to keep up with his mother moments before he was put in the car for the journey back to Croydon, south London.

It was alleged Waterson became annoyed at Alfie's crying and twice moved his front passenger seat into him as he sat at his mother's feet.

By the time they arrived at Waterson's home in Croydon, south London, the boy had collapsed and stopped breathing.

Alfie, nicknamed "Little Tarzan" by the defendants, died from crush asphyxia three days later.