Cheating mum who beat and murdered son, 3, 'because of the Bible' given life

Undated family handout photo issued by Durham Police of three year old Dwelaniyah
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A killer mum who violently shook her toddler to death at their family home has been locked up for life. Christina Robinson exposed her son Dwelaniyah to cruelty and excruciating pain in the weeks before his death.

She beat the three-year-old with a bamboo cane after claiming the Bible had told her she could. The 30-year-old - originally from Tamworth - also deliberately scalded his legs and buttocks, causing severe burns which left him in agony.

Robinson denied killing Dwelaniyah at their home in Bracken Court, Ushaw Moor, Durham, in November 2022. But she was convicted by jurors of convicted of murder and four child cruelty charges earlier this year.

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Today (Friday, May 24), just was jailed for life, with a minimum term of 25 years. Sentencing at Newcastle Crown Court, Mr Justice Garnham said she was guilty of a gross abuse of trust as the victim's mother.

A trial at Newcastle Crown Court heard how Robinson caused a fatal brain injury while she was the only adult in the house. She took more than 20 minutes to call 999, first speaking to her husband on the phone even though he was 240 miles away serving with the RAF.

Christina Robinson
Christina Robinson -Credit:Durham Police/PA Wire

The killer then used Google to look at how to resuscitate a child. Robinson - a member of the Black Hebrew Israelite religion - admitted hitting her son with a bamboo cane.

But claimed she was following a Bible scripture which advised of the use of a rod for the 'correction' of children. Addressing the jury in her closing speech after parting from her legal team and deciding to represent herself, Robinson said: "My reasons behind it was simply that I believed I was doing the right thing, it is in the Bible."

The trial heard how Robinson had been having an affair with a man she met on a dating site and got pregnant using a separate sperm donor. Her husband was away working for the RAF at the time of their son's death.