Disturbed Woman Films 3-Year-Old Stepson Dying After Giving Him Fatal Brain Injury

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Leila Borrington, 23, is accused of inflicting a serious head injury on Harvey Borrington that ultimately killed the young boy. Paramedics were called to Harvey’s home in Jacksdale, near Nottingham, on August 7, 2021, and he died on August 9.

Harvey was the suspect’s 3-year-old stepson. Leila Borrington went on trial for murder and manslaughter at Nottingham Crown Court on Wednesday.

Several medical experts and doctors, instructed by the prosecution, provided a “majority view” as to how the boy died. They said the fatal injury was the result of an assault that involved multiple blows to the head.

Several “older injuries” were found on Harvey’s body after he died, including a broken arm, bruises on his cheeks and eye, and a swollen left arm. Leila Borrington is accused of assaulting Harvey a repeated number of times in the weeks and months leading up to his death.

Harvey’s mother and father split when he was 14 months old, and Harvey spent most of his time with his abusive stepmother.

Jurors were told Harvey had autism, a high pain threshold, and had become clumsy about a year before he died. He also didn’t like going to his dad’s, according to his education health and care plan. This was likely because of the abuse that he endured while he was there.

During the trial, jurors were shown footage of Borrington taking Harvey’s left arm and letting it drop to the floor, before continuing to film as he moans and lies unmoving on a living-room rug. She had filmed the disturbing beating herself.

Three minutes after filming Harvey, Borrington called first responders and brought a neighbour to help. She later sent a text to Harvey’s father saying ‘Don’t leave the kids with me again’ and related how Harvey had broken his arm while in her care some weeks previously.

Borrington, who is also accused of five other attacks, claimed that Harvey “fell backwards” off a leather armchair at home, causing the fatal brain bleed, and was found unconscious, unresponsive and with “abnormal body posture”.

Harvey was taken to King’s Mill Hospital in Sutton-In-Ashfield and transferred to Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre, where he died. A post-mortem examination revealed the ramifications of his head injuries.

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