Cruel foster mum shook a baby to death because he wouldnt stop crying

A cruel woman who shook a one-year-old baby she was hoping to adopt to death after it wouldn't stop crying has been found guilty of murder.

Laura Castle killed 13-month-old Leiland-James Corkill less than five months after he was placed in Castle's care when she "lost it" over the baby crying.

Council officials had placed the baby in the care of the 38-year-old former care worker, who had been trying to formally adopt the youngster at the time of his death in January last year.

Officials were concerned when Castle said she was struggling to bond with the child, with reports indicating the council were considering removing the baby from her care.

The youngster died after suffering brain injuries at the home of Castle and her partner Scott.

Police later found texts on Castle's phone where she had described the youngster as a "k**bhead," a "s**tbag" and a "whingebag," with her admitting to shaking the youngster because she "wanted him to stop crying".

Laura accepted responsibility for the youngster's death but denied his murder, while also claiming the texts should not be taken seriously as they reflected her "sense of humour".

Jurors at Preston Crown Court convicted her of the baby's murder as well as child cruelty against Leiland-James, while partner Scott, a 35-year-old mechanic, was found not guilty of allowing Leiland-James' death and cleared of child cruelty.

Scott told the court he never had any concerns that anything bad was going to happen with the boy and that he trusted his wife.

Castle had originally claimed the one-year-old had fallen from the seat of a couch and suffered catastrophic head injuries, with the youngster dying a day later.

The defendant continued to claim the death of the baby was an accident until the eve of her trial, when she admitted to manslaughter.

Castle was asked by Prosecutor Michael Brady QC what was so frustrating about the baby that caused her to act in this way, to which she replied "I was so tired and drained and overwhelmed. There was so much noise."

When asked what her intention was in shaking Leiland-James, Castle said: "I didn't have any intention. I just lost my mind."

Several texts from Laura claim she "leathered" Leiland-James, although she told the jury that only meant smacking the 13-month-old.

Castle will be sentenced on 25 May, and an independent report into the death of Leiland-James is expected to be published in July, Daily Mail reports.

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