Rachel Trelfa, the mother of toddler Liam Fee, and her partner have been jailed for the two-year-old’s murder in 2014.Trelfa, 31, who is also known as Fee, was jailed for life in Edinburgh and ordered to spend a minimum of 24 years in jail while her civil partner, Nyomi, aged 29, was jailed for 23-and-a-half years.
The couple abused and neglected the little boy for more than two years. The two-year-old died from a blow to his abdomen at his home near Glenrothes, Fife, on 22 March 2014 resulting in heart injuries described as similar to those found on road crash victims.
The pair, originally from Ryton, Tyne and Wear, were convicted of Liam’s death following a seven-week trial at the High court in Livingston. They were also found guilty of horrific cruelty against two boys in their care, one of whom they tried to blame for Liam’s death.
Judge Lord Burns told the couple they had subjected the children to “a cruel and pitiless regime of ill treatment and neglect. In the case of Liam, that treatment included the assault which caused his death.” The post-mortem examination, he added, showed the two-year-old had been “subjected to a prolonged course of violent behaviour”.