Mother who filmed autistic three-year-old stepson dying of head injuries is visited in prison by boy’s father
- Leila Borrington, 23, has had ‘regular visits’ from her fiancé and their daughter
- She was jailed for 15 years last week for killing her stepson Harvey, three, in 2021
A mother who killed her stepson by beating him “several times” and filmed him dying from a brain injury has been visited in prison by the boy’s father and their daughter.
Leila Borrington, 23, was sentenced to 15 years in prison on Thursday for the manslaughter of autistic three-year-old Harvey Borrington who died in hospital in August 2021.
But Borrington has enjoyed ‘regular’ visits to HMP Foston Hall, Derbyshire, from her fiancé Jonathan Borrington and their three-year-old daughter, according to the Sunday mirror.
Relatives also said the couple still plan to get married and that the family believe Harvey’s death was a tragic accident.
The boy’s grandfather, Keith Borrington, from Nottingham, said: ‘He came to visit her and they have a daughter together.
Leila Borrington (pictured), 23, was sentenced this week to 15 years in prison for the manslaughter of autistic three-year-old Harvey Borrington who died in hospital in August 2021
Relatives said the couple still plan to get married and that the family believe Harvey’s death (pictured) was an accident
“Leila is her mother. She had an engagement ring and they were very happy and planning their wedding. That’s why all this makes no sense.’
Mr Borrington said the family believed Harvey’s death was accidental, in line with Borrington’s evidence given at Nottingham Crown Court.
He added that the family was still “in shock” over Harvey’s death, but they just had to deal with it.
Nottingham court heard Borrington lied about what happened to Harvey when paramedics were called to her home in Jacksdale, Nottinghamshire in August 2021
She claimed that Harvey “fell backwards” from a leather one-seater sofa at home and injured himself when paramedics asked what had happened.
But the court heard that Borrington had inflicted “unsurvivable” injuries on Harvey, including a skull fracture, and sent a text message to Mr. Borrington saying, “Why is this happening to me?” after inflicting the injuries.
Paramedics found Harvey “deeply unconscious,” “unresponsive,” and with an “abnormal body position.”
The court also heard that Borrington assaulted Harvey twice in the four months before his death, leaving him with a broken arm and marks on his face.
Borrington claimed his arm was broken when she “tried to keep him from falling down the stairs.”
Justice Nicklin, who sentenced Borrington last Thursday, said: “You were 21 when the first offense was committed and 22 when you attacked and killed Harvey.”
“During the trial, we saw video footage of Harvey playing with his toys and putting things in the dishwasher.
Within less than 30 minutes, further video footage showed Harvey unconscious on the living room floor. Only you know what exactly happened to Harvey.”