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Stephen Waterson claimed previously that Alfie Lamb’s mother had told him she “blamed herself” for her son’s death

A man has admitted crushing a three-year-old to death by reversing his seat as the boy sat in a car footwell.

Stephen Waterson killed Alfie Lamb, his girlfriend’s son, in February 2018.

He initially denied manslaughter but changed his plea to guilty ahead of a retrial at the Old Bailey.

In May, Alfie’s mother Adrian Hoare – who watched as her son was crushed – was jailed for two years and nine months after being found guilty of child cruelty.

Sentencing her, Mr Justice Kerr told Hoare: “There was an element of deliberate disregard for Alfie’s welfare.”

The court had heard that Waterson was annoyed at Alfie’s crying on a journey back from a shopping trip and moved his seat into him as he sat in the footwell at his mother’s feet.

When Alfie continued to moan, Waterson reversed again, saying: “I won’t be told what to do by a three-year-old,” Hoare told jurors.

Alfie collapsed in the car and died in hospital three days later.

Judge Mark Lucraft QC remanded Waterson in custody to be sentenced next Monday.

Det Ch Insp Simon Harding said Alfie died as the result of a “selfish and cruel act”.

“For a three-and-a-half-year-old to be crushed by something so strong and no one helping, it’s a shocking way to die,” he said.

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