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Keanu Williams Murder: Mother Rebecca Shuttleworth Jailed For Life After Beating Toddler To Death

25/06/2013 15:48 BST

A mother convicted of beating her two-year-old son to death after subjecting him to months of horrific cruelty has been jailed for life.

Rebecca Shuttleworth was ordered to serve at least 18 years in jail after being convicted on Monday following a six-month trial of murdering Keanu Williams.

Shuttleworth, who was sentenced by Mr Justice Spencer at Birmingham Crown Court, had also been found guilty of four counts of child cruelty.

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Rebecca Shuttleworth was ordered to serve at least 18 years in jail

The 25-year-old inflicted what detectives described as "horrifying" injuries on Keanu after apparently convincing her support worker that she had turned her life around.

It emerged on Tuesday that Shuttleworth was filmed celebrating a £10,000 lottery win while on bail for the murder of Keanu, whose body showed 37 external marks of injury.

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Keanu Williams was two years old when he was beaten to death

A two-minute video posted on YouTube by the People's Postcode Lottery shows the 25-year-old shouting in delight as her friend is presented with a "Street Prize" cheque outside a property in Rusholme, Manchester.

Keanu was pronounced dead on 9 January 2011 after paramedics were called to his mother's partner's flat in Old Moat Way, Ward End, Birmingham.