Baby boy suffered 'sadistic assaults' before 'being murdered by mum's lover' as couple appear in court

A MUM and her boyfriend have today appeared in court charged with the death of her toddler – who suffered “sadistic assaults.”

Louise Lennon and Jake Drummond have been charged in connection with the death of 15-month-old Jacob Lennon.


His mum Lennon, 31, of Wandsworth, South-West London, has been charged with neglect of a child and causing or allowing the death of a child.

Drummond, 31, has been charged with murdering the tot on 26 August 2019 and also one count of grievous bodily harm with intent.

He appeared at the Old Bailey via video-link while Lennon, on conditional bail, appeared in the dock.

The Old Bailey heard that little Jacob was subjected to “systematic abuse” before his death in August 2019.

A post-mortem examination found injuries that were consistent with long-term abuse, with the tot’s cause of death being recorded as head injuries.

The court heard that the numerous historic injuries suggested a "concerted sadistic series of assaults on a small child".

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She added: “A 999 call was made on that day in the early hours, 6 o' clock in the morning saying the baby wasn't breathing.

“The baby was taken to St George's hospital, he remained in cardiac arrest throughout the journey.

“He was pronounced dead at 7.22am.”

The pair are due to enter their pleas on February 22 next year.

Drummond was remanded in custody while Lennon was granted continued conditional bail.


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