Mum jailed for child cruelty after son, three, was crushed to death by car seat

Alfie died after he was crushed to death by a car seat (PA)

A mother whose three-year-old son was crushed to death by a car seat has been jailed for two years and nine months.

Hairdresser Adrian Hoare, 24, from Gravesend, Kent, was found guilty of putting her son Alfie Lamb in harm’s way by placing him into the footwell of an Audi convertible.

Her boyfriend Stephen Waterson, 25, was accused of squashing Alfie by reversing his car seat into him.

Alfie had collapsed on the journey back from a shopping trip in February last year and died in hospital three days later.

File court artist sketch dated 21/01/19 by Elizabeth Cook of Stephen Waterson and Adrian Hoare in court. Waterson, who is accused of squashing his girlfriend's toddler with a car seat, has been accused of using the fact his father is a former Government minister to make himself untouchable.

Following a trial, Hoare was found guilty of child cruelty and assaulting Emilie Williams, who was in the car when Alfie was fatally hurt.

Hoare had also admitted plotting to pervert the course of justice in the wake of her son’s death.

Waterson faces a retrial for Alfie’s manslaughter in September.

Adrian Hoare failed to prevent her boyfriend Stephen Waterson from allegedly squashing Alfie. (PA)

Mitigating for Hoare, Katy Thorne QC said Alfie had been a “happy child” and there were no issues of neglect before the events leading to his death.

She told the court: “Ms Hoare has been hugely affected by Alfie’s death, not least because she feels a huge amount of guilt over it.”

Ms Thorne said that, since her conviction, Hoare had co-operated with police and agreed to “do the right thing” and give evidence in Waterson’s upcoming trial.

Undated handout photo of the Audi convertible car in which three-year-old Alfie Lamb is alleged to have been crushed while in the rear footwell behind the front passenger seat. (Metropolitan Police)

Mr Justice Kerr jailed Hoare for two years for cruelty plus eight months for perverting the course of justice and one month for assault, all consecutive.

He told her: “This is a very sad case. You intended no harm to Alfie.

“You put him in danger by allowing him to travel in the footwell of the car.

Undated family handout file photo of three-year-old Alfie Lamb, whose mother Adrian Hoare has been jailed for two years and nine months. (Metropolitan Police)

“There was an element of deliberate disregard for Alfie’s welfare.

“I cannot ignore your own admission that you had allowed him to travel in the footwell many times.”

Video grab taken from CCTV of Stephen Waterson and Adrian Hoare with Alfie Lamb, on a shopping trip to Sutton on the day he died. (Metropolitan Police)

He said Hoare failed to tell paramedics and doctors what happened and should have disclosed “anything that might have helped him”.

“I accept and bear in mind you lost Alfie, your only child. That is punishment already.

“I accept you are remorseful although it did not show very much because you were numb in your trial.”