Evil stepdad who crushed toddler to death with car seat is released early

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An evil stepdad who crushed a young toddler to death with his car seat has reportedly been released early from prison.

Stephen Waterson, 30, was jailed for seven-and-a-half years in 2019, after killing stepson Alfie Lamb in a “matter of minutes” in his Audi A4 in February 2018.

He was due to be released in 2023, but according to The Mirror, he was let go early, after only three years behind bars – less than half his sentence.

Alfie's mum Adrian Hoare was imprisoned for two years and nine months in May 2019 after putting her son in harm's way when placing him at her feet in the rear footwell.

The toddler was crushed to death by Waterson who reversed his electronic car seat onto him.

The child began crying and choking, but his mother Adrian Hoare told him to "shut up" before Waterson put the seat forward again.

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

Hoare was offered early release just five months after her sentence, but her licence was revoked and was taken back into custody in May 2020.

Alfie died after Waterson was said to have flown into a "fit of childish temper".

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The couple had gone shopping for cushions, accompanied by Alfie, two other adults and a young child, when the horror took place.

As they got back in the car in order to go home, Waterson had become annoyed at Alfie's crying and twice moved his seat into him as he sat at his mother's feet.

Terrified Alfie screamed for his "mummy" but Hoare just slapped him and told him to "shut up" as Waterson shoved his seat back, after saying "I'm not being told what to do by a three-year-old".

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The maximum space in the footwell was 30cm, but that could be reduced to just 9.5cm.

By the time they arrived home, the toddler, who had previously travelled in the footwell, had collapsed and stopped breathing.

He died from crush asphyxia three days later with injuries similar to those seen in a car crash.

Waterson originally claimed he had no idea how Alfie died and insisted it had nothing to do with the car seat.

Both he and Hoare cooked up a web of lies to cover their tracks after Alfie's death, with Waterson threatening to "get rid" of anyone who revealed the truth.

Hoare eventually broke her silence and told her half-sister what happened in a recorded conversation that was handed over to the police.

Waterson denied manslaughter during an earlier trial in which the jury was unable to reach a verdict, before pleading guilty on the first day of his retrial.

During sentencing, Old Bailey judge Mr Justice Timothy Kerr told Waterson that he was "manipulative, dishonest, deceitful, controlling, threatening, and sometimes violent".

He was jailed at the Old Bailey for manslaughter and perverting the course of justice by lying to police and intimidating witnesses.

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