Heartbreaking moment child describes abuse at hands of mum's evil boyfriend

A YOUNG child was left to describe the horrific abuse he suffered at the hands of his mum’s evil boyfriend.

Heartbreaking footage shows the older sibling of tragic tot Teddie Mitchell tell detectives at Cambridgeshire Police that his step-dad “was trying to punch us all”.

Kane Mitchell, 31, killed baby Teddie in November 2019 and inflicted a “catalogue” of injures from the day he was born.

Mum Lucci Smith, 29, was on the school run when he inflicted the fatal injuries, but delayed calling for any medical assistance for over 30 minutes.

Tragic Teddie suffered injuries consistent with being "gripped hard", "shaken vigorously", and "having his head struck against a hard surface".

Detectives compared his injuries to that of Baby P, with a postmortem revealing the tot had a fractured skull, a bleed on the brain and several broken bones.

Now, footage featured on Channel 4's 24 Hours in Police Custody captured the moment that one of Smith’s elder children was brought in by authorities to describe the abuse suffered at the hands of Mitchell.

In the clip, a young boy could be heard calling step-dad Kane “ugly” as he recalled a sequence of events carried out by his evil step-father.

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He said: "I call him ugly because he hits me, he punches me in the arm.”

The officer then asks the child to describe how he was thrown into a room.

He replied: “He basically got hold of my leg, dragged me in there and my head was on the floor.

“He was holding my foot and clenching it really hard. Kane then punched mummy’s mirror and then his hand was bleeding.

“So mummy ran into our room and shut the door so he couldn’t hurt us.”

The officer then asked the little boy what his stepdad was doing to threaten him.

He responded: “He was trying to punch us all.”

The harrowing clip was filmed after Smith and Mitchell had been arrested in connection with the baby boy’s death.  

DI Lucy Thomson and her team were later horrified to hear the number of injuries that were inflicted on Teddie.

Experts ruled that the tot suffered horrific injuries in at least five different violence incidents, from the day he was born in August 2019.

Smith was found guilty of cruelty to a child – but was acquitted on charges of causing or allowing death and serious injury.

The judge sentenced her to a two-year community order, noting that she had already spent several months in prison while remanded in custody ahead of her trial.

Cambridge Crown Court heard that Smith "cared about… and loved" Teddie, and that Mitchell was an "overbearing partner".


Mitchell, who was not the tot’s dad, was jailed for life for the murder of Teddie, and must serve a minimum of 18 years.

Detective Inspector Lucy Thomson, who led the investigation, said: “This was a tragic and terrible case in which an 11-week-old baby lost his life at the hands of a person who should have been there to protect him.

“Our year-long investigation found that Teddie had suffered multiple horrific injuries during his short life, which neither Mitchell nor Smith could account for.

“Viewers will see the complexities and intricacies of such an emotive and tragic case.

“The show highlights that we will work tirelessly to bring those responsible for such heinous crimes to justice, no matter what it takes.

“We hope it will encourage anyone with any concerns for a child’s welfare to come forward and report it to us without delay.”

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