Screaming mum ran into A&E

Tyler Whelan and (below) Elvis Lees
Tyler Whelan and (below) Elvis Lees

HOSPITAL staff described to a hushed court the moment a Wigan tot was brought into A&E shortly before he died.

Stephanie Whelan from Beech Hill ran into the accident and emergency ward at Peterborough City Hospital, carrying her young son Tyler. She was accompanied by her partner Elvis Lee, also formerly of Beech Hill.

Whelan, who lived in Sheepwalk, Paston, Peterborough, at the time of the incident, denies causing or allowing the death of a child and three counts of cruelty to a child.

While her former boyfriend Lee, 34, of Paston, Peterborough, admits the manslaughter of Tyler he has pleaded not guilty to murder and three counts of cruelty to a child.

Mr Donnellan read a statement to Cambridge Crown Court which had been made by Sharon Tengenesha.

She was the deputy sister on duty at the accident and emergency ward at Peterborough City Hospital on the morning of March 7 when Tyler arrived.

She said: “At about 11am the main doors were opened and I heard a female screaming.

“I ran out into reception and saw the woman running in with a child in her arms.

“The child was a young boy. He was lifeless and his face was grey.

“I grabbed him from the female and made the decision to take him to the resuscitation room, rather than perform CPR there.

“The child was very limp in my arms, which made him heavy.

“His stomach was exposed and I could see bruises. He had dry blood in the area of his nose and mouth.

“I put him in the bed and said ‘start CPR’.

“I was really shaken by what had happened.”

The court was told that the doctors worked for 20 minutes to try and save Tyler.

However, Tyler was pronounced dead at the hospital at 11.25am.

A statement from Jemma Bakermault, who was working on reception at the hospital, was also read out to the court during yesterday’s hearing.

In the statement she said: “I remember a female coming in carrying a child, followed by a white male.

“I asked the male for details of the child.

“The male turned round and walked out.

“I followed him and he got into a vehicle. I told him I needed to book the child in.

“He seemed more concerned about where to park his car. He seemed very calm.

“He went away to park the car and returned a short while later, and provided the details of the child.

“It was not until later when he appeared tearful.”