Drug dealer brutally beats toddler to death two months after finding out he was the father
A court heard on October 12 that the child suffered from injuries that are usually associated with a victim of a car crash
A two-year-old toddler boy was beaten to death by his own father, a drug dealer. The court heard on October 12 that the child suffered from injuries that are usually associated with a victim of a car crash. 31-year-old Raphael Kennedy from Northampton stands accused of murdering Dylan Tiffin-Brown just two months after he found out the victim was, in fact, his biological son. The jurors heard that the child had 39 different injuries from the attack that took place on December 15, 2017, that included 13 broken ribs. The unemployed man is said to have waited for two hours before he called the paramedics to his home in Northampton.
The Daily Mail reported that the paramedics arrived at the scene and found the child's lifeless body. He was formally pronounced as dead 30 minutes after his body arrived at the Northampton General Hospital at 12:30 pm.
An autopsy of Dylan's body revealed that the multiple rib fractures and the damage to his liver were inflicted on him more than two hours before he actually died. The Northampton Crown Court heard from experts that said two or more of the child's rib fractures could not be explained as an accident and that it was associated with abuse.
Dr. Roger Malcomson, a consultant pediatrician, said that the massive amount of injuries in the toddler's body are more commonly seen in "either a fall from a significant height, a road traffic accident or abuse. The more fractures there are the most likely it is to be abuse."
Earlier, the court also heard that the youngster had traces of cocaine in his system, at the time. The authorities seized hundreds of pounds worth of crack, cannabis, and heroin from Kennedy's home. They also seized plastic wraps, microscales, and a suspected "burner" cell phone for dealing his drugs.
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30 y/o man pleads not guilty to the murder of 2 year-old boy in Kingsthorpe before Christmas.
At Northampton Crown Court, Raphael Kennedy of Arthur Street was told it's expected his trial will take place this autumn#HeartNews pic.twitter.com/y3bGF79nvR
The jurors in the court were also shown two video clips of the toddler that were downloaded from Kennedy's phone by the authorities. In one of the clips, Dulan looked like he was sleeping on his feet in a bedroom and then Kennedy, who was filming the video, could be heard shouting "wake up!" at his child.
The child's mother, 18-year-old Tayla Tiffin, has also told the jurors in the court that her son would always cry after he stayed with his father for some time and that the toddler "clung to her" whenever he was dropped home. Kennedy has denied the charges of murder and is expected to appear in court on October 13 to take the stand. The trial is still ongoing.