By Sarah Keane • 11 November 2020 • 22:18
Mum who let her boyfriend murder toddler jailed for 8 years
Mum Sarah O’ Brien, 33, was found guilty of allowing the death of her two-year-old son, Keigan O’ Brien at their home in Doncaster, South Yorks on January 9. She was sentenced to 8 years in prison by Sheffield Crown Court. Her partner of six months, Martin Curtis, 36, was given a minimum of 22 tears for murdering the toddler.
The court heard emergency services were called two hours after the attack on the boy, who was found unresponsive and not breathing after sustaining numerous injuries in the weeks leading up to the “catastrophic” head injury that caused his death.
The court heard that Keigan had suffered a broken spine, broken ribs and broken arm prior to his murder, and that, instead of calling emergency services, Curtis left the toddler dying on the floor while he contacted his drug dealer.
Jill Brookes from the CPS said: “Tragically, little Keigan O’Brien’s life came to an end only four days after his second birthday.
‘Having heard all the evidence, the jury decided that Currie inflicted fatal injuries on the defenceless little boy, and O’Brien took no steps to protect her child.”
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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.
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