Woman kills three-year-old son for ‘looking like his father’
The mother and her partner, the boy’s stepfather, were found guilty of murdering the toddler after almost two months of abuse in August 2014.
Her partner was sentenced to 30 years in jail.
The mother, 43, had claimed that the boy, identified only as Joseph, died after tripping over a rope tied to the family dogs.
She told police the boy “just pushed my buttons too many times” and “I had so many thoughts about killing Joey.”
“Don’t get me wrong I did love that boy, but there was a part of me that hated him because he looked like his father and that he’s his father’s child,’’ she said, according to records heard by the court.
Judge Johnson said that rather than nurturing her son, the mother punished him as if he was in some way responsible for the sins of his biological father.