Man accused of murdering Kyrell Matthews told police toddler 'looked like he ...

Man accused of murdering Kyrell Matthews told police toddler 'looked like he ...
Man accused of murdering Kyrell Matthews told police toddler 'looked like he ...

A alleged 'killer' accused of murdering his girlfriend's two-year-old son told police ‘it was like he was having a nightmare’ before he died, a court heard.

Phylesia Shirley, 24, and her boyfriend Kemar Brown, 28, are accused of murdering Kyrell Matthews at her one-bedroom flat in Thornton Heath, south London.  

Shirley dialled 111 for advice when her son's body 'was going floppy' instead of 999 on 20 October 2019, the Old Bailey in London heard.

Paramedics rushed Kyrell to Croydon University Hospital while police followed and talked to Brown about what had happened before the emergency services arrived.  

In footage from the body-worn camera of one of the police officers, Brown said: ‘It was like he was having nightmares.

‘We didn’t know what was going on we were watching he was like, laying down,’

Brown told the officers he and Shirley tried to 'feed Kyrell cornflakes, juice, and sweets to help wake him up' as he lay unconscious - but he refused.

He said: 'At first we got him cornflakes to see if he would eat at all.’

The toddler - who was non-verbal - had 41 rib fractures by the time he died on October 20, 2019, as well as internal bleeding and a 1.6in (4cm) cut to his liver. His death was caused by very forceful squeezing or blows, jurors have heard. 

The pair both deny murder. While Shirley has admitted allowing the death and serious physical harm to a child, Brown, who is not the child's father, has repeatedly denied both charges. 

Phylesia Shirley, 24, and her boyfriend Kemar Brown, 28, are accused of murdering Kyrell Matthews (pictured) at her one-bedroom flat in Thornton Heath, south London

Phylesia Shirley, 24, and her boyfriend Kemar Brown, 28, are accused

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