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Who was Kyrell Matthews? (Toddler who was ‘beaten to death by his mother, 24, and her boyfriend was told to ‘shut up’ and warned he was ‘ruining the fun’ in harrowing recordings taken before he died from crushed ribs)Wiki, Bio, Age, Instagram, Twitter & Quick Facts

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Prosecutors say Kyrell Matthews was beaten repeatedly by his mother and then-partner over several weeks, with “heartbreaking” secret audio recordings capturing the violence the couple are said to have inflicted at their south London flat.

Kyrell, who did not speak, died on the floor on October 20, 2019, with a litany of internal injuries, including 41 rib fractures and a 4cm-wide cut to the liver.

His mother Phylesia Shirley and Kemar Brown, who is not the boy’s father, deny killing Kyrell at Shirley’s home in Thornton Heath.

Prosecutor Edward Brown QC told the jury at the Old Bailey: “Kyrell had his ribs crushed or broken by beatings within four weeks of October 20.

Death

‘At least one of the defendants clearly inflicted a significant number of injuries in at least five separate incidents in the four weeks prior to…Kyrell’s death.

“The pain and anguish of those four weeks in which he was abused came to the fore vividly in those harrowing recordings.

“On October 20, his ribs were crushed once again, that killed him.”

Police later discovered secret audio files on Shirley’s mobile phone, the apparent results of attempts to catch Brown cheating, which inadvertently captured the abuse, the prosecution said.

They included multiple audio files where it appeared that Kyrell was hit repeatedly, with Brown saying “shut up,” causing the boy to cry and scream.

Investigation

Police investigating the death of his son, Kyrell Matthews, found that the recordings contained disturbing evidence of the non-verbal boy being beaten repeatedly, with Brown saying ‘shut up’, causing the boy to cry and scream.

Prosecutor Mr. Brown told jurors: “It’s a harrowing listening, because, the prosecution says, you will hear Kemar Brown beating that child over and over again on different days, and as a result you will hear Kyrell crying and screaming.”

After the initial investigation, the lengthy task of examining a large amount of phone data was initiated and tracked over many months, and what was found was a section on Phylesia Shirley’s phone that contained various recordings.

‘They are revealing, in fact, they are very heartbreaking.

In a recording, the prosecution said Kyrell could be heard growing distraught amid “slapping sounds” and “pounding noises” as Brown told him to “shut up.”

The jury was told that Brown admits that it is his voice that is on the recordings.

The prosecution said Shirley could then be heard asking “What did he do?”, to which Brown is said to have replied “he got up”.

Sketch of Phylesia Shirley

A court sketch of Phylesia Shirley and her partner, Kemar Brown, at the Old Bailey in London.

None of the defendants were employed in the lead up to Kyrell’s death, the court heard.

Both also said they left the apartment at separate times, briefly, on the day the boy died, although CCTV could only corroborate Shirley’s account.

Shirley said she raised the alarm by calling the NHS non-emergency 111 number after she got home, saying her son had gone ‘lazy’, his eyes were rolling back and he had trouble breathing.

“The ambulance arrived just 12 minutes later and Kyrell was rushed to hospital. Both Shirley and Brown denied hurting him.

It was only after his death that forensic examination offered clues as to how he died.

Prosecutor Mr Brown said: ‘This all happened behind closed doors, so to speak.

“After the initial investigation, the lengthy task of examining a large amount of phone data was initiated and tracked over many months, and what was found was a section on Phylesia Shirley’s phone that contained various recordings.

‘They are revealing, in fact, they are very heartbreaking.

Murder

Shirley and Brown deny the murder and are on trial at the Old Bailey in London

‘It appears that Phylesia Shirley had set her phone to record what might or might not be going on in her apartment when she was away from her, or when she was at least not within earshot.

‘It appears that she was checking on Mr Brown to see if he was contacting other women.

Judge Mark Lucraft QC described the audio images as “difficult to listen to”.

The court previously heard that Brown was using his mobile phone as A&E doctors fought to save Kyrell’s life.

The prosecutor continued: “Phylesia Shirley was observed to be in distress on the floor and also in hospital.

“Hearing about the decision to declare the extinction of life, she became hysterical.

“Descriptions of Kemar Brown’s behavior in the apartment and hospital are of a calm person, slightly detached and somewhat indifferent, it seems, when the emerging tragedy became apparent.

Cctv Footage

The hospital’s CCTV shows him on his mobile phone as the A&E staff tried to treat Kyrell and save his life.

“Brown’s reaction, or lack thereof, the prosecution says, you may think is surprising if the child’s dire condition and death were a surprise to him.”

“The prosecution’s case is that the injuries were inflicted on that very young child by defendants Phylesia Shirley or Kemar Brown or both,” Brown said.

Shirley, from Thonton Heath, south London, denies the murder, but she has admitted allowing the death of a child and allowing him to suffer serious bodily harm.

Brown, from Thornton Heath, south London, denies murder, causing or allowing the death of a child and causing or allowing serious bodily harm to a child.

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