19/08/2014 16:42 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

Kieron Barley Verdict: Mum And Boyfriend Jailed Over Toddler's Death

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Birmingham Crown Court

A mother and her boyfriend have both been jailed after the death of a toddler.

Craig Lewis, 32, was jailed for eight years for shaking and killing Kieron Barley at their home in Birmingham in 2011.

His mum, Louise Barley, also admitted child cruelty and was jailed for 15 months at Birmingham Crown Court.

Kieron, aged 22 months, was found to have suffered two serious injuries in the lead up to his death, a spinal fracture and a serious brain injury which is likely to have been caused by shaking or an assault.

Lewis had already admitted manslaughter and inflicting grievous bodily harm to Kieron, which caused the catastrophic brain injury.

The court heard how the two lied to cover up two assaults leading up to his death. Detective Chief
Inspector Dawn Miskella said: "This was a tragic and deeply upsetting case for all concerned.

"Young Kieron lost his life after Lewis admitted losing his temper on two occasions and assaulting him. Kieron was sadly let down by those who should have been caring for him.

"His mother and her partner spun a web of lies to conceal the truth of how Kieron came by his injuries and failed to seek further medical attention following the initial assault.

"However, almost three years on from the incidents Louise and Craig have finally admitted their crimes and have been jailed.

"We hope that the result can provide some closure for those who truly did care for young Kieron and are pleased that justice has been done."