published30. June 2022, 19:35
Five-year-old Logan died after months of torment from his mother, stepfather and a teenager. On the day of his death, the family faked a kidnapping.
Angharad Williamson and John Cole were in Wales on Thursday for the murder of five-year-old Logan Mwangi sentenced to life imprisonment. A 14-year-old teenager also faces 15 years behind bars. The relationship between the youth and the victim is not known.
The mother, stepfather and 14-year-old had tortured and starved the little boy from the village of Bridgend during the pandemic. Coroners found 56 cuts and bruises on Logan’s body. The boy had also suffered “catastrophic” internal injuries comparable to those of a serious traffic accident.
The family initially tried to cover up the death
Police discovered Logan’s lifeless body in the River Ogmore on July 31, 2021. The 31-year-old mother had alerted the authorities that morning because her son had “disappeared from the house”. She stated that a woman had kidnapped Logan. Williamson cried in desperation and pretended to belike she was looking for Logan. In reality – this was later shown by the surveillance cameras in the neighborhood – the 40-year-old Cole had brought the child’s body to the river shortly before. Angharad Williamson had found her son dead in his bed after being “brutally beaten” and forced to do push-ups by Cole in the previous days.
As “Daily Mail» reported, the couple had apparently started torturing the boy several months ago. In August 2020, Williamson had taken her son to emergency services with a broken arm — but only a day after Logan was injured. Months later, the mother confessed to a friend that the teenager had thrown the boy down a flight of stairs.
Social worker found everything ok in the house
In May 2021, a social worker discovered burns on Logan’s neck. He is said to have been put under a jet of water that was too hot in the bathtub. Weeks before his death, Logan suffered a broken collarbone. This injury never received medical attention.
When the five-year-old tested positive for Covid-19 on July 20 last year, his mother and stepfather locked him in his room. “He was kept like a prisoner in his small bedroom, a room Williamson likens to a dungeon,” prosecutor Caroline Rees said at the trial.
Logan and a younger sibling were given temporary care by social workers because John Cole was considered violent. In June 2021, however, the measure was ended because there was allegedly no longer any danger. The social worker had visited the family home the day before Logan’s death. Although the boy weighed almost 19 kilos and had bruises all over his body, the woman saw no reason to do anything.
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