Mother, 30, would ‘beat up’ son, three, because he threw toys and urinated on carpet


Couple are accused of murdering ‘naughty’ toddler: Mother, 30, would ‘beat up’ son, three, because he threw toys and urinated on carpet – before he died from ‘massive’ internal bleed after ‘vicious forceful assault’, court hears

  • Kemarni Watson Darby was found ‘lifeless’ at a house in West Bromwich in 2018
  • The toddler would be beaten ‘really hard’ for misbehaving, jurors were told
  • Alicia Watson and Nathaniel Pope both deny murder and child cruelty charges 










A mother accused of murdering her three year-old son, would ‘beat him up’ because he threw toys and urinated on the carpet, a court has heard. 

Alicia Watson and her then boyfriend Nathaniel Pope both deny murder and multiple child cruelty charges relating to toddler Kemarni Watson Darby in West Bromwich. 

The youngster died from an internal bleed after allegedly suffering a ‘vicious forceful assault’ at the hands of the couple in their home in 2018, BirminghamLive reports.

Alicia Watson and her boyfriend Nathaniel Pope both deny murder and multiple child cruelty charges relating to toddler Kemarni Watson Darby (pictured)  in West Bromwich

Alicia Watson and her boyfriend Nathaniel Pope both deny murder and multiple child cruelty charges relating to toddler Kemarni Watson Darby (pictured)  in West Bromwich

Mr Pope, 31, would lock Kemarni in a room and use snapped electrical cables to force the door shut when he’d been ‘naughty’, until the child had ‘calmed down’, Birmingham Crown Court heard.   

A witness – who cannot be named for legal reasons – claimed Mr Pope would lock the youngster in a room ‘a lot’ but ‘never really’ beat him.

In an interview played to jurors, the witness said: ‘Pope used to get the wire and turn it around the door handle.

‘It was like some electrical wire that was snapped off. He would wrap it around the door handle.

‘Kemarni would just bang on the door and try and get out. [Pope] would just do nothing.’

Jurors in the murder trial heard how Ms Watson would allegedly beat Kemarni ‘really hard’ when he misbehaved.

Kemarni would be left feeling ‘really upset’ after the assaults and would just stay in his cot, the witness claimed.

The witness went on to say Ms Watson would not kick or punch her son but would only slap him.

They said: ‘Kemarni was naughty. He always threw toys at people and swore because he got angry at people for some reason.’

They added: ‘Kemarni did a lot of naughty things. He used to always slam the doors. He used to take off his nappy and run. He used to open the door when Watson was on the toilet.

‘She got angry and kept on having to clean the carpet because he weed and pooed. She would beat him up really hard.’

Ms Watson would never slap Kemarni on his face or arms, the witness added.

The youngster died from an internal bleed after allegedly suffering a 'vicious forceful assault' at the hands of the couple in their home in 2018, BirminghamLive reports

The youngster died from an internal bleed after allegedly suffering a ‘vicious forceful assault’ at the hands of the couple in their home in 2018, BirminghamLive reports

They said: ‘She always had that angry face. She did not punch or kick, it was mostly slapping.’

Kemarni was left with a ‘plethora’ of severe injuries including multiple fractures to his rib cage, as well as wounds to his liver and colon.

Bruising was uncovered on his lungs, head, mouth, neck, arms, chest, abdomen, back and legs, prosecutors previously said.

The ‘catalogue’ of injuries also included scars to the eyes, cheeks, knees and limbs. 

Kemarni was found ‘lifeless’ at his home on Beacon View Road in West Bromwich, West Midlands, on June 5, 2018.

Watson, 30, of Raglan Road, Handsworth, and Pope, 31, of Evans Street, Wolverhampton, both deny murder and multiple child cruelty charges. 

The trial continues.



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