Wow. Just half an hour he was left alone with his toddler son. And dad NATHAN ALLEN managed to kill off the 14-month old in just that span of time.
Man 'killed toddler son in assault'
(UKPA) – 18 minutes ago
A father killed his toddler son in Romford in the 30 minutes he was left alone with him, the Old Bailey has heard.
Fletcher Allen was found collapsed after his father Nathan Allen called partner Danielle Hands to return home.
The 14-month-old had been struck in the abdomen and died from internal bleeding.
Allen, 27, of Erith Crescent, Romford, Essex, denies murdering Fletcher in January but admits his manslaughter.
Richard Whittam QC, prosecuting, told the jury it must decide Allen's intention when he struck the child.
Fletcher had been left with Allen in the morning while his mother went to visit her family. Half-an-hour later, Allen sent a message for her to return.
"Danielle Hands saw Fletcher lying naked on their bed with his eyes closed," said Mr Whittam. Allen had then telephoned for an ambulance, telling the operator: "I've left my son in the bath and he's slipped and he's... I can't wake him up."
He had kept up the lies to police, insisting he left the boy for a few moments and then found him lying in the water.
The toddler had been taken to hospital but was pronounced dead. He had a bite mark which matched Allen's teeth on his right cheek. Mr Whittam said Fletcher did not drown in the bath. He had been struck so hard that his kidneys had been damaged.
"This defendant admits he assaulted the child and as a result of that assault, the child died," added Mr Whittam. The trial was adjourned to Wednesday.