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Leila Borrington, who filmed her three-year-old stepson Harvey Borrington as he lay dying from a brain injury, has been jailed for 15 years at Nottingham Crown Court for manslaughter, assault and causing grievous bodily harm.
Little Harvey was found by paramedics at the family home 'unconscious and unresponsive'" on August 7, 2021, a court heard.
Borrington had been caring for the youngster alone, while Harvey’s father was at work.
Despite having two qualifications in emergency first aid Borrington delayed calling the emergency services. She waited for five full minutes, videoing Harvey in state of collapse.
Rather than calling 999, she then texted Harvey's father and asked: "Why does this happen to me?".
After paramedics eventually arrived, Harvey was taken to King’s Mill Hospital in Sutton-In-Ashfield and transferred to Nottingham’s Queen’s Medical Centre, where he sadly died.
Borrington, 23, had claimed his injuries were accidental, but medical experts concluded the tot's injuries – which included a fractured skull and a brain bleed that proved fatal – had been caused by repeated blows rather than a one-off fall.
Several other older injuries, including a broken arm, were also found on Harvey's body.
The court heard how Borrington struck Harvey several times in a "sustained assault".
Aggravating factors, put forward before sentence, include a history of abuse to Harvey by the offender.
Passing sentence on Leila Borrington, High Court judge Mr Justice Nicklin said the unlawful killing of her stepson Harvey Borrington, who had severe non-verbal autism, had had a profound effect on his loved ones.
The judge told the 23-year-old that the death of the three-year-old in Nottinghamshire in August 2021 must have been the result of a “sustained violent assault”.
Text messages Borrington had sent after breaking Harvey’s arm in April 2021 showed “a shocking lack of care and concern” for the youngster, the judge said.
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