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Mikael Kular's mother admits beating him to death Watch

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    The mother of three-year-old Mikaeel Kular has pleaded guilty to killing her son in Edinburgh in January.

    Rosdeep Adekoya, 34, admitted assaulting and killing Mikaeel at the family's flat in Ferry Gait Crescent and hiding his body in Fife woodland.

    She had originally been charged with murder, but admitted the reduced charge of culpable homicide when she appeared at the High Court in Edinburgh.

    Adekoya initially claimed Mikaeel disappeared from her Drylaw home.

    Hundreds of people helped police search for him in the two days before his body was found 20 miles away.

    Adekoya, a prisoner at Cornton Vale jail near Stirling, admitted attempting to defeat the ends of justice by pretending to police he had gone missing, sparking the search by the emergency services and members of the public.

    Adekoya pleaded guilty to repeatedly punching her son and causing his body to hit against a hard object or inflicting blunt injuries on his head and body between 12 and 15 January.
    She also admitted wrapping Mikaeel's body in a duvet cover, putting it in a suitcase and driving to Dunvegan Avenue in Kirkcaldy, Fife, where she hid the case under a bush in woods behind a house.

    She had called 999 to report her son missing to police, telling officers he got out of bed and climbed on a stool to unlock the front door of his home.

    She admitted causing a major search for her son, involving police, the fire service, coastguard, mountain rescue crews and members of the public.

    The court heard that Adekoya's internet history had showed searches including "I find it hard to love my son", "I love all of my children except one", "Why am I so aggressive with my son" and "Get rid of bruises".

    Advocate depute Alex Prentice said: "The basis for the plea tendered being accepted is that the Crown accepts that the accused had no intention to kill Mikaeel and that the assault perpetrated upon him, although severe, fell short of the wicked recklessness required for murder."

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    The court heard that Mikaeel died on the night of Tuesday 14 January from injuries inflicted the previous Sunday.

    His mother "lost her temper" when he was repeatedly sick following a trip to a Nando's restaurant at the city's Fountain Park.

    She smacked him and struck him on the body and head with a clenched fist, the court heard.

    When Mikaeel was sick for a third time, she dragged him to the shower by his arms and "beat him heavily" on his back as he lay over the bath edge.
    Mr Prentice said: "It's likely that the internal damage was inflicted during this last beating."

    Over the next few days Mikaeel's condition worsened and he was kept off nursery. He was assaulted again on the Monday after being sick and became "listless".

    His mother did not take him to a doctor because of the bruising, the court heard.

    By Tuesday night, Mikaeel was said to be "quiet" and was giving a "limited" response to his mother's questions.
    Mr Prentice said: "He would have been in significant pain but was put to bed.

    "The pain would have increased significantly while Mikaeel became dangerously ill and finally dying as a result of the injuries inflicted upon him by the accused.

    "It was during that night that he died.

    "The accused discovered his body on the floor when wakening the children in the morning."

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    After discovering her son's body, Adekoya took his twin sister to nursery before driving straight to Fife.

    Mr Prentice said: "At the time, it appears that the accused had placed Mikaeel's body in a suitcase and put him in the boot of her car."

    Masts captured her mobile phone travelling from Edinburgh across the Forth Road Bridge.

    Sentence was deferred until 25 August at the High Court in Edinburgh.

    How can anyone beat up their sick child
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