Murderous stepmother, 23, who filmed her three-year-old stepson dying from a horrific head injury and texted his father: “Why is this happening to me?” instead of calling 999 he is jailed for 15 years
- Harvey Borrington was found by paramedics in the family home ‘unconscious’
- His stepmother, Leila Borrington, 23, had said the boy fell off a chair.
- But Borrington has been jailed today for 15 years for manslaughter after trial.
A woman who filmed her three-year-old stepson lying dying on the ground with a horrific head injury instead of calling an ambulance has been jailed for 15 years.
Little Harvey Borrington was found by paramedics at the family home ‘unconscious’ and ‘unresponsive’ on 7th August 2021, Nottingham crown court I’m listening.
His stepmother, Leila Borrington, 23, said the boy fell off a chair and filmed him groaning on the floor before calling 999 to “show the paramedics”.
But medical experts found that Harvey’s injuries, including a fractured skull and fatal brain hemorrhage, were caused by repeated blows rather than a single fall. Several other older injuries were also found, including a broken arm.
The court heard that instead of calling 999, Borrington had texted Harvey’s father, who was at the cinema, saying: “Why is this happening to me?”
Today she has been jailed for 15 years for manslaughter, assault and causing grievous bodily injury.
Leila Borrington, who filmed her three-year-old stepson Harvey Borrington as he lay dying of a brain injury, has been jailed for 15 years at Nottingham Crown Court for manslaughter, assault and grievous bodily harm.
Three-year-old Harvey Borrington suffered a fractured skull and fatal brain haemorrhage while being cared for by his stepmother, Leila Borrington, at their family home in Jacksdale, Nottingham.
In passing sentence, High Court Judge Justice Nicklin said the unlawful killing of his stepson, who suffered from severe non-verbal autism, had had a profound effect on his loved ones.
The judge told him that the death of the three-year-old boy in Nottinghamshire in August 2021 must have been the result of a “sustained violent assault”.
Text messages Borrington had sent after breaking Harvey’s arm in April 2021 showed “a shocking lack of care and concern” for the young man, the judge said.
During a lengthy trial at Nottingham Crown Court, she denied hitting Harvey, but a jury last month found her guilty of manslaughter.
She was acquitted of an alternate charge of murder.
Borrington, from Jacksdale, Nottingham, was also convicted on separate charges of assaulting and causing grievous bodily injury to Harvey.
Returning a total of seven verdicts after deliberating for more than 24 hours, jurors also acquitted Borrington of three counts of assault causing actual bodily harm.
The murderous stepmother wiped away her tears with the back of her hands after the verdicts.