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Southampton mother jailed for nine years over death of six-week-old son Malakai Watts


A mother of 5 was in the present day sentenced to nine years in jail for killing her six-week-old child boy by shaking him so onerous he suffered ‘catastrophic’ head accidents.  

Chelsea Cuthbertson, 28, shook six-week-old Malakai Watts at her Hythe flat in Hants with such ‘extreme power’ that medical doctors concluded he suffered a cardiac arrest.

She was in the present day jailed for nine years over the manslaughter of her child at Winchester Crown Court.

The courtroom heard Cuthbertson had been in a livid row along with her accomplice, automotive valeter Del Watts, the earlier evening and claimed she was smoking hashish outdoors on the time of Malakai’s death. 

Malakai was ‘gray from head to toe’ when police arrived at Cuthbertson’s flat following her 999 name on February 2, 2019.

He was rushed from the two-bed property in Hythe to Southampton General Hospital, however tragically died 4 days later after he was taken off life help.

Jurors had been instructed he died from a traumatic head damage and an examination confirmed he had a number of different accidents, together with eight fractured ribs, with no less than one being from a earlier incident.  

Chelsea Cuthbertson, 28 was jailed for nine years after shaking her six-week-old toddler to death in her two-bedroom flat in Hythe, Hants, in February 2019

Ms Cuthberston had rowed with her partner Del Watts (pictured) the previous night and claimed to have been smoking cannabis at the time of Malakai's death

Ms Cuthberston had rowed along with her accomplice Del Watts (pictured) the earlier evening and claimed to have been smoking hashish on the time of Malakai’s death

The trial heard that Cuthbertson had argued along with her accomplice, Del Watts, the earlier evening.

After he had left for his work as a automotive valet, the defendant instructed the courtroom she had gone outdoors their dwelling to smoke a hashish joint and returned to seek out Malakai critically in poor health and blue within the face.

Cuthbertson instructed the courtroom she went outdoors to smoke hashish earlier than coming again in to wake the twins for their morning feed.

She stated she went outdoors and shut the door whereas she smoked the hashish for about quarter-hour however believed she would have been capable of hear the infants in the event that they cried.

When she went again in she stated she noticed ‘right away’ that Malakai’s face was blue, picked him up and known as 999. 

The decide, Mr Justice Spencer, instructed Cuthbertson: ‘Only you understand what actually occurred.

‘It’s plain from all from the proof that you simply habitually smoked hashish to calm your self down.

‘The uncomfortable reality is you had been pressured by the row together with your accomplice and took it out on Malakai.

‘When you shook him and inflicted these accidents, you had been taking out on this tiny child your anger and annoyance with Del Watts.’

Killer mother Chelsea Cuthbertson, 28, smoking outside court as she awaited the verdict earlier this month

Killer mother Chelsea Cuthbertson, 28, smoking outdoors courtroom as she awaited the decision earlier this month

Cuthbertson had lied in court that she had been outside when her son had died

Cuthbertson had lied in courtroom that she had been outdoors when her son had died

Mr Watts, who was Malakai’s father, stated: ‘This has modified my life. I’ve misplaced my dwelling, household and job and nothing is smart, why Chelsea did this to Malakai.

‘I discover it extraordinarily tough that she has by no means given an evidence about what occurred or why she has by no means proven any regret and tried responsible me.

‘Malakai has had his complete life taken from him and I’ll by no means see him develop up, regular issues like seeing him smile, going to highschool, kicking a soccer, driving a motorbike.

‘She has taken him from me in a horrible means which has left me devastated and I don’t suppose I’ll ever get better from this loss.’

Rebecca Cox, of Crown Prosecution Service Wessex, stated after the listening to: ‘After an extremely delicate and thorough investigation undertaken by the police, the CPS had been ready to make use of skilled forensic proof and cell phone information to show that Chelsea Cuthbertson was accountable for the devastating accidents sustained by Malakai Watts.

‘The death of a child in any circumstances is an utter tragedy and our ideas are firmly with Malakai’s household.’

Cuthbertson had one little one from a earlier relationship after which met automotive valet Dell Watts, who was the daddy of Malakai, his twin, and two different kids.

Sally Howes QC, prosecuting, instructed jurors there was an ‘escalating resentment’ within the couple’s ‘love-hate’ relationship which was evident in textual content messages Cuthbertson had despatched to Mr Watts.

She stated Cuthbertson was annoyed with Mr Watts as a result of she felt he didn’t assist round the home and with the kids, significantly when he returned to work shortly after Malakai was born.

Some of these textual content messages had been learn out in courtroom by Ms Howes, with Cuthbertson writing ‘I’m sick of doing all the things and being in on a regular basis’, ‘my dwelling is not a lodge and it is simply going again to if you lived right here earlier than’ and ‘individuals make time for their household, you by no means do’.

Ms Howes QC added: ‘These texts indicated an escalating resentment in the direction of Dell Watts.’

The couple argued the evening earlier than Malakai stopped respiratory and within the morning shortly earlier than Cuthbertson known as for an ambulance, it was heard.

Ms Howes QC stated: ‘Her resentment and anger reached such some extent that morning that she took it out on Malakai, squeezing him across the chest, shaking him after which inflicting an influence to his head.

‘Her intention at the moment will need to have been to trigger him hurt even when the catalyst was to take out her resentment on him.’

Chelsea Cuthbertson, 28, had denied killing Malakai Watts but was convicted of manslaughter

Chelsea Cuthbertson, 28, had denied killing Malakai Watts however was convicted of manslaughter

Cuthbertson said that on the night before Malakai was taken ill she smoked a cannabis joint with her partner Del Watts and drank some wine

Cuthbertson stated that on the evening earlier than Malakai was taken in poor health she smoked a hashish joint along with her accomplice Del Watts and drank some wine

Cuthbertson beforehand instructed the courtroom: ‘I used to be distraught. I’ve by no means seen a toddler blue earlier than. I’ve by no means given CPR to anybody not to mention a child.

‘That complete day was simply loopy, that morning once I needed to do the CPR. It felt like a lifetime.’

She beforehand instructed the courtroom she would smoke hashish day by day as a result of ‘it chills me out’.

Despite admitting the drug ‘mongs you out’ she continued to smoke commonly whereas caring for her eldest daughter in addition to Malakai and his twin.

Before Malakai’s death, Cuthbertson despatched texts complaining she was ‘sick’ of being in on a regular basis along with her youngsters and that her child was ‘whingey’ and ‘onerous work.’

In a textual content to her pal 5 days earlier than the newborn was injured, Cuthbertson stated: ‘(Malakai) is so whingey, undoubtedly onerous work however (the opposite twin) is straightforward – I might cry in the event that they had been each prefer it.’

The courtroom heard this textual content was despatched on January 28, 2019 – across the identical time that the autopsy report confirmed Malakai suffered a rib damage.

In one textual content to Mr Watts, Cuthbertson described one other of her kids as ‘a bit cow’ and a ‘little sh**.’

It learn: ‘(The little one) might need a bruise on her cheek tomorrow – the little cow took my glitter eye shadow.

‘I went to take her to her bed room however the little sh** was all slippy so I dropped her and she or he fell on her face however on her cheek facet.’

The courtroom heard Cuthbertson had beforehand given proof to a Family Court that she felt deserted, exploited and left alone with the kids.

She additionally spoke brazenly about assaulting her first born little one when he was simply six months previous.

She admitted pushing down on his brow ‘so he stopped crying’, so onerous it left a crimson mark and he needed to be taken to hospital.

She described how she didn’t inform anybody what occurred at first and claimed the crimson mark on her son’s brow was attributable to a toy dropping on his head.

When she got here clear in regards to the incident she was identified with post-natal despair and was handled by means of a neighborhood decision. 

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