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Pictured: Man who ‘crushed toddler to death for making noise by moving car seat back twice’

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This is the first picture of a man who allegedly crushed a toddler with an electric seat because he was being too noisy.

Alfie Lamb, three, was sitting on the floor behind the front passenger seat of a blue Audi convertible when he was squashed by his mother’s boyfriend Stephen Waterson, the Old Bailey was told.

He was sitting at his mother Adrian Hoare’s feet when Waterson, 25, twice moved his front seat back in anger at the ‘noise and fuss’ on February 1 last year, jurors heard.


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Stephen Waterson, 25, allegedly crushed his girlfriend’s son Alfie to death because he was being too noisy (Picture: Instagram)

Ms Hoare, 23, did not help her son and went on to lie to police about what happened, the court heard.

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After emergency services were called, Alfie was rushed to hospital unresponsive and put on life support, which was switched off days later.

Marcus Lamb, 22, who was driving the Audi at the time, told police how Alfie collapsed during the journey back from shops with his then-girlfriend Emilie Williams, 19, and Alfie’s parents.

He described how Hoare had been shouting at Alfie, who was screaming and crying.


Pic shows Alfie Lamb A young mother crushed her three-year-old son to death by placing him in the footwell of a car before her boyfriend pushed back his car seat, because the toddler was making too much noise, a court heard. Alfie Lamb died three days after suffering a cardiac arrest at his home in Croydon, south London on 4 February last year. His mum Adrian Hoare, 23, was sitting in the back seat and had placed Alfie in the footwell, when her partner Stephen Waterson, 25, deliberately pushed his seat back onto the toddler, it is claimed. The Old Bailey heard how the couple spun a web of lies and assaulted the two other passengers in an attempt to cover up their crime. SEE STORY CENTRAL NEWS
Alfie Lamb, three, was sitting on the floor behind the front passenger seat of a blue Audi convertible when he was squashed (Picture: Central News)

Mr Lamb claimed he heard Hoare slap her child before the front passenger seat moved back as Alfie called ‘Mummy’.

He said he only realised there was a problem when they arrived at Adams Way in Croydon, south London.

When Waterson pulled Alfie out of the car, Hoare allegedly said: ‘What have you done?’.

Prosecutor Duncan Atkinson QC said a pathologist found the 3ft tall ‘smiley boy’ died from crush asphyxia.

He said: ‘In effect, he was squashed by the car seat and suffocated.


Pic shows Adrian Hoare. SOCIAL MEDIA A young mother crushed her three-year-old son to death by placing him in the footwell of a car before her boyfriend pushed back his car seat, because the toddler was making too much noise, a court heard. Alfie Lamb died three days after suffering a cardiac arrest at his home in Croydon, south London on 4 February last year. His mum Adrian Hoare, 23, was sitting in the back seat and had placed Alfie in the footwell, when her partner Stephen Waterson, 25, deliberately pushed his seat back onto the toddler, it is claimed. SEE STORY CENTRAL NEWS
Alfie was sitting at his mother Adrian Hoare’s (pictured) feet when Waterson, 25, twice moved his front seat back in anger on February 1 last year (Picture: Central News)

‘This movement of the seat was a deliberate action by Waterson who knew that Alfie was there and was angered by the noise and fuss that the three-and-a half-year-old was making during the fateful car journey.

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‘The deliberate movement of the seat, by electrical operation – by the touch of a button – and involving the application of considerable force to Alfie took place not once but twice.

‘Waterson was prevailed on to move the seat forward again because it became immediately obvious that it was causing Alfie breathing difficulties.

‘However, when Alfie made noise again, Waterson deliberately moved his seat back again, and kept it in that reversed position, squashing Alfie, as he again showed signs of breathing problems until he went ominously quiet.’

CCTV footage showed Hoare, Miss Williams, Mr Lamb and Waterson had all travelled together in the Audi.


Pic shows Adrian Hoare. SOCIAL MEDIA A young mother crushed her three-year-old son to death by placing him in the footwell of a car before her boyfriend pushed back his car seat, because the toddler was making too much noise, a court heard. Alfie Lamb died three days after suffering a cardiac arrest at his home in Croydon, south London on 4 February last year. His mum Adrian Hoare, 23, was sitting in the back seat and had placed Alfie in the footwell, when her partner Stephen Waterson, 25, deliberately pushed his seat back onto the toddler, it is claimed. SEE STORY CENTRAL NEWS
Hoare denies manslaughter, child cruelty and common assault on Miss Williams (Picture: Central News)

Mr Atkinson said: ‘It was during that car journey that something happened to Alfie that compressed his chest and/or abdomen so that he went from an active toddler to a very seriously ill and brain damaged one.’

Since Alfie’s death, the other occupants of the car had been attacked, Miss Williams by Hoare and Mr Lamb by Waterson, the court heard.

Hoare denies manslaughter, child cruelty and common assault on Miss Williams.

Waterson has pleaded not guilty to manslaughter and intimidation of Mr Lamb.

The couple and Williams have pleaded guilty to conspiring to pervert the course of justice by making false statements to police.

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