A five-year-old boy who was found dead in a river suffered internal injuries “consistent with child abuse,” a jury has heard.
Logan Mwangi, aka Logan Williamson, was found by police last July in the River Ogmore in Bridgend, Wales.
It was about 250 yards from his family’s flat in Lower Llansantffraid, Sarn.
His mother Angharad Williamson, 30, stepfather John Cole, 40, and a 14-year-old boy, who cannot be legally identified, are on trial for murder at Cardiff Crown Court.
Jurors revealed disturbing details about boy’s injuries
Prosecutor Caroline Rees QC warned the jury that they might find the evidence distressing, adding: “It can be difficult to listen to.”
In the early days of the trial, Judge Ms. Justice Jefford paused the hearing so that jurors who were visibly upset could take a break.
Instead of showing photos or videos of Logan’s body, computer-generated images were used to show his injuries.
The Department of the Interior forensic pathologist, Dr. John Williams, said injury to the first part of the small intestine was generally rare in children, but studies have shown they are “often recorded in abused children.”
Other internal injuries included a large tear in his liver and another in his small intestine, and there was also “significant trauma” to his brain.
The boy’s internal injuries were described as so serious that they were more likely to have been found in a victim of a high-speed car accident.
Logan, who was five feet tall and weighed just over three bricks, had 14 bruises and scrapes on his head and neck, with dozens more on his body, legs, feet, arms and hands.
Mr. Williams concluded that Logan died of severe blunt force trauma.
A neuropathologist examining his brain, Dr. George Lammie, said the trauma had caused widespread bleeding and swelling — and that “at least several hours” seemed to pass between the head wound and Logan’s death.
“And it’s possible there was more than one episode of head injury,” he added.
Williamson and the youth deny murder and distort the course of justice.
Cole denies murder but admits to twisting the course of justice.
Cole and Williamson are also charged with causing or allowing the death of a child.
The process continues.