A mother and her lover killed a two-year-old boy after leaving him with 39 fractures, a court heard today.
Phylesia Shirley and Kemar Brown are accused of murdering Kyrell Matthews at her home in Thornton Heath, south London.
Prosecutors say Kyrell was injured on five occasions between two hours and four weeks before his death on October 20.
Pathologists recorded the official cause of death as blunt force trauma.
Anne Whyte prosecuting said: “The case concerns the death of a two-year-old child, Kyrell Matthews, who died on 20 October last year.
“Both defendants are charged with murder and under section five of the Domestic Violence Crime and Victims Act.
“Shirley is the mother of Kyrell.
“Kemar Brown was and is in a relationship with Ms Shirley and spent large amounts of time at Shirley’s address.
“Both therefore, were in a caring role to Kyrell.
Brown, 27, who wore a grey jumper and beige trousers, appeared on video-link from HMP Belmarsh to confirm his name, while Shirley, 23, was brought to the dock wearing a black overcoat from HMP Bronzefield.
The Old Bailey heard she is expecting to give birth in January of next year.
Judge Anthony Leonard denied them bail adding they must attend their plea and trial preparation hearing on 25 February.
Shirley and Brown were charged with murder and causing or allowing the death of a child.