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London mother denies murdering toddler

A mother accused of killing her 21-month-old son has denied ever smacking the toddler who died after suffering massive injuries.

Collette Harris, 30, said she knew nothing about the events which led to Bobby Louch's death in December 2008.

She broke down in tears at the Old Bailey when asked if she had ever smacked the boy, replying "No".

Bobby was found dead with around 80 bruises and injuries at home in Halcot Avenue, Bexleyheath, south-east London.

The court had heard he had suffered extensive head and abdominal injuries.

Ms Harris, of Chapel Close, Dartford, Kent, and her then boyfriend James Phillips, 25, of Dale View, Erith, Kent, deny murder.

They both also deny an alternative charge of causing or allowing his death.

Ms Harris told the court she had seen Bobby banging his head against his cot, and he had burned his hand on a cup of tea.

The trial continues.



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