The faces of Brentwood man and woman who left child with life-threatening injuries

Vicky Hoad has admitted causing serious injury to a child
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An Essex man and woman face years behind bars after carrying out a campaign of violence against a child which saw them suffer a broken jaw, torn out hair, brain tissue damage and bruises across their body. Vicky Hoad and Tyler Williams, of Brentwood, have admitted causing a child a child serious physical harm.

Hoad, 30, and Williams, 28, of Shenfield Road, Brentwood, admitted the offence earlier this year, where Hoad also pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice. A third person was found not guilty of the same offence following a trial which concluded on Thursday (June 27).

The child, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was subject to a campaign of physical abuse and suffered life-threatening injuries. On December 26, 2022, Hoad took the child to a hospital in Essex, saying they had fallen off a bike a couple of days earlier and become unwell.

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Medical professionals quickly established that the child’s injuries were far more extensive than Hoad suggested, and police were called. Hoad was arrested later the same evening – she continued to maintain her initial account to police and other professionals throughout the following months.

On admission to hospital, the child was found to have swelling to the scalp, missing hair believed to have been forcibly pulled out, an intracranial injury, damage to brain tissue, a fractured jaw, fractured vertebrae and multiple bruises to the body.

The victim also had multiple areas of scarring. Despite their life-threatening condition, they underwent emergency surgery and survived, thanks to the expertise of doctors. Following Hoad’s arrest, specialist safeguarding detectives based in east London began an extensive investigation and built a significant amount of evidence to prove that the child had been subjected to assaults over a period of months, and that both defendants were implicated in the offence.

Tyler Williams has admitted causing serious injury to a child
Tyler Williams has admitted causing serious injury to a child -Credit:Met Police

Detective Constable Ollie Jones of the Met Police said: “Anyone who hears the details of this case cannot fail to be sickened by the injuries caused to this child and the impact this will undoubtedly have on the rest of their life. Both defendants in this case either caused the serious physical harm or knew what was happening and failed to take any reasonable steps to protect the child.

"They continued to lie throughout the police investigation but our child abuse investigation team worked tirelessly to build the case against them in order to get justice for the victim. This included working closely with medical experts and mapping out a timeline of the child’s life in the months leading up to their admission to hospital.

“This was a harrowing case for all of the officers involved but we are pleased that those responsible will now have to face the consequences of their actions."

Hoad and Williams will be sentenced at the same court at a later date.