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Boy died of 'multi-inflicted injuries' at Kent home

A 21-month-old boy died covered in bruises after being beaten at his home, in Bexleyheath, south-east London, the Old Bailey has heard.

Bobby Louch had "suffered a great number of injuries" caused by his mother or her boyfriend, jurors heard.

Richard Whittam, QC, prosecuting, said: "At the time of his death, Bobby Louch was covered in bruises."

Collette Harris, 30, and James Phillips, 25, both from Kent, deny murdering Bobby on 29 December, 2008.

The couple also denied an alternative charge of causing or allowing his death.

He was taken to hospital from Halcot Avenue, Bexleyheath, where he was living with his mother and Phillips, but died from multiple injuries.

He had 40 injuries to his head and body. These included two broken ribs, bleeding in the spine, massive damage to the brain and severe injuries to the abdomen, including a damaged liver and pancreas.

'Brain injuries'

Mr Whittam said: "The likely cause of the injuries to the brain is multiple punches or kicks to the head.

"These brain injuries were of a type commonly seen following traffic accidents or falls from a height.

"The likely cause of the injuries to the abdomen is a punch or kick to the stomach area."

The toddler had a burn on his right hand and the two worst injuries were caused by a blow to his abdomen and a head injury, the court heard.

Mr Whittam said the injury to his abdomen was the result of a "significant direct trauma, perhaps a punch or a kick."

He said there is compelling evidence that the multiple injuries suffered by Bobby were the result of deliberate and repeated violence.

He added: "The injuries which caused his death were inflicted when he was living with his mother and her then boyfriend James Phillips.

"Bobby died as the result of multi-inflicted injuries."

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