Rachel Fee and her civil partner Nyomi Fee are now scheduled to stand trial in April of 2016. For those who are unaware of the circumstances that led to the couple’s arrest, they have been accused of beating Rachel’s two-year-old son, Liam Fee, to death. In Aug. 0f 2014, the couple was arrested and charged with murder after Liam died at the home where he resided with them and his twin brothers, age 7.
“Two women have been arrested and charged in connection with the death of a two-year-old boy in Fife earlier this year. Liam Fee was pronounced dead at his home in Thornton on Saturday, March 22 and a police investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death has been ongoing.”
According to the Daily Mail, the couple was accused of brutally beating Liam over an eight-day span before he was pronounced dead at the home on Mar. 22, 2014. The toddler was “repeatedly inflicting blunt force trauma to his head and body by unknown means” from approximately Mar. 15 until the date of his death. Although investigative reports suggest that they abused and neglected both the toddler and Rachel’s seven-year-old sons over a two-year span, the couple argued otherwise when they appeared in court on Friday, Sept. 4.
It has been reported that they’ve both denied all the charges. Legal representatives for both women entered not guilty pleas. The couple has reportedly attempted “to defeat the end of justice” by insisting there is someone else to blame for the toddler’s death — one of Rachel’s seven-year-old sons. According to Opposing Views, both women informed the emergency dispatcher, family, and friends that the seven-year-old — whose name has not been released — was responsible for the toddler’s death.
However, the accusations of abuse suggest otherwise. In addition to the murder charges, a number of other claims have also been presented to support the abuse allegations. The day Liam was pronounced dead, Scottish SPCA officers confiscated nine snakes, two rats, and two dogs from the house. It has been reported that the snakes were used to torment the boys who were bound, tied to chairs and beaten if they moved. One of the boys was also forced to put his hand in the toddler’s mouth after he’d died, according to Chronicle Live.
Following Liam’s death, the family released a statement lamenting the loss of the toddler, reports the Daily Record. “Liam was a happy-go-lucky little boy, with blond hair, big blue eyes and a cheeky smile. He was very much loved by his family and will be deeply missed. Liam had his whole life ahead of him and we are devastated at our loss. We would like to thank our friends for their continued support and for all the teddies and flowers left as a tribute to Liam outside the family home, which has provided us with some comfort. We request privacy and time to grieve at this very sad time.”
Rachel and Nyomi Fee, who are both currently out on bail, have a trial set to begin on Apr. 4, 2016. “The duration of the trial is likely to be eight weeks, though it is difficult to be precise in a case of this nature,” prosecutor Alex Prentice said in a Glasgow court.
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