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Man sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering his partner's two-year-old son

The boy’s mother pleaded guilty to allowing the death of her son to happen.

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A 27-YEAR-OLD man has been sentenced to life imprisonment after he admitted murdering his partner’s two-year-old son.

The man was sentenced to serve a minimum of 21 years at the Birmingham Crown Court today.

The boy’s mother, Sindyann Regis (26), was sentenced to three years and four months in prison after she pleaded guilty to allowing the death of her son, after witnessing her partner physically assault him.

On 20 November 2016, Regis knocked on her neighbour’s door claiming that her son Jeremiah was sick, according to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

Paramedics were called to the scene and when they arrived they found the mother’s partner, Chevaze McGregor, carrying the boy in his arms.

The boy was not breathing at this point.

He was taken to New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton, and was pronounced dead in the early hours of the following morning.

A post-mortem examination was carried out on Jeremiah showed that he died following a heavy blow to the abdomen.

Multiple injuries, some old and some new, were found on his body.

Both defendants were arrested in their home and taken in for interviews.

McGregor admitted to using force to discipline Jeremiah, which included ‘hitting him with a leather belt to his bare buttocks with intention to hurt him’.

District crown prosecutor with the West Midlands CPS, Paul Reid said:

In the early hours of Sunday morning McGregor had become angry with the child and taken him into the bedroom. Two loud banging noises were heard and when Regis opened the door she saw McGregor holding the crying child and shouting at him.
He told her to close the door, but instead of intervening and stopping him, she closed the door and just walked away.

Regis provided a statement to the police confirming the events leading up to her son’s death.

Reid said: “Sindyann Regis accepted that there was a significant risk of serious harm being caused to her son by McGregor and that she was aware of the risk. She failed to protect him from that risk which ultimately led to his death.”

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