Mother Sentenced to 25 Years for Murder of 3-Year-Old Son by Shaking and Burn Injuries

Durham, England – A mother in Durham, England, has been found guilty of murdering her 3-year-old son and is facing a minimum of 25 years in prison. Christina Robinson, 30, initially denied the charges but was convicted by a jury this week.

According to the Durham Constabulary, the toddler, Dwelaniyah, died from severe head injuries, suspected to be caused by shaking or being thrown against something. Authorities also discovered evidence of a second head injury sustained by the child days before his death.

In addition to the head trauma, Dwelaniyah was found to have over 60 burn marks on his body, including serious burns on his lower half sustained up to three weeks prior to his murder. Reports indicate that the burns were caused by being submerged in boiling water, and Robinson failed to seek medical treatment for her son’s injuries.

During the trial, it was revealed that Robinson neglected to seek help for the child after he collapsed, waiting nearly 20 minutes before calling emergency services. Despite claiming that Dwelaniyah choked on a sandwich, no evidence of obstruction was found.

Authorities also found incriminating evidence in Robinson’s home, including a cane containing the toddler’s blood. Robinson’s messages indicated a pattern of neglect, leaving both Dwelaniyah and his younger sibling unattended for extended periods.

Robinson maintained her innocence in court, stating that she did not kill her child. Despite her claims, she was sentenced to a minimum of 25 years in prison. Detective Chief Inspector Simon Turner expressed the tragedy of Dwelaniyah’s death, emphasizing the loss of a young life at the hands of his own mother.

The case highlights the devastating effects of child abuse and neglect, urging individuals to report any suspicions to the appropriate authorities. The Durham community reacts with sorrow to the senseless loss of a young life and the callous actions of a mother who failed to protect her child.