“I’ll be haunted forever with heartbreaking video of a toddler walking to his own death”

Moments before his boyfriend beat him to death, Kemarni Watson darby was seen holding the hand of his mother as they walked towards their Black Country home.

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This heartbreaking video shows the moment a toddler is beaten to death by his mother’s boyfriend.

Police found the video of Kemarni Watson Darby, three years old, holding hands with his mother Alicia Watson as they walked home.

Hours later, Watson’s boyfriend Nathaniel Pope beat Kemarni so badly that he was unable to walk, reports Birmingham Live.

DI James Mahon, the investigator, described the clip, as one of his most haunting images.

“I think the thing that sticks with me the most, and it haunts me really, is watching Kemarni take those last steps up the stairway to the flat.

“Watson should have been there to protect and care for him.

“And he was going into his home, which should have been his safe place, his haven, and ultimately, as you watch that footage, he’s walking to his death. I think that footage will stay with me forever.”

Following the horrific murder of Pope in the Black Country, West Midlands, Pope was sentenced to life imprisonment.

Watson was sentenced for her role in the death of her son to 11 years imprisonment







Kemarni with his mum Watson, walking home from the medical facility
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Police believe Pope started beating Kemarni 2 months before he died in West Bromwich, June 2018.

Witnesses to the murder trial provided evidence “boisterous”The nursery found that the toddler had behavioural problems and was unable to string sentences together.

DI Mahon: “That was obviously a result of that abuse. He’d started to lose his ability to have emotions at either end of the scale of experiencing happiness or sadness.







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It’s terrible to think what life he was living in there.”

Pope used snapped electrical cables to force the door shut and lock Kemarni in a room at the family’s two-bedroom home in Stanton House.

The West Midlands Police officer added: “It’s shocking to think that someone could inflict a fatal blow on a three-year old child just by pretending he is naughty.







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Nathaniel Pope smiles while he talks with police
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“The cable was used to lock him in the bedroom when he was described as being naughty. That’s just abuse, a child shouldn’t be locked away.

“Watson used physical violence to discipline the children. Whether that gave him the green light because he is a violent individual, we don’t know.

“He’s never shown any remorse or accepted any responsibility.”







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Watson was well aware of Pope’s abuses of her son, and she even continued to be in a relationship following the death.

She subsequently convicted her ex-boyfriend of her son’s death and called Pope a “cold-hearted lie” after he claimed he never hurt the child.

DI Mahon: “There are other elements that shock you too, it’s the fact that Watson, his mother, stood by Pope knowing what he had done afterwards.

“I can’t fathom why anyone would ever do that, and at the stage she is either trying to do that to absolve herself from the ongoing abuse or to protect him.







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When Pope was questioned by police, he showed no sign of remorse
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“Not only did she know what was happening but she was involved in what was happening.

“Pope was convicted of physically assaulting Kemarni in court. I believe her behavior and abuse of Kemarni allowed her to commit the most severe violence later.”

The detective insisted there were no missed opportunities by the force as no concerns about Kemarni’s welfare were raised with West Midlands Police or Sandwell Council.







Jurors were told by Pope that Kemarni was often kept in a locked room.
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Watson visited a hospital hours before his death to check on historic injuries. Watson was also informed by the detective.

Watson also explained to Watson that the bruising and scratches observed by nursery staff and loved one were ‘usual bumps.

Watson and Pope were both arrested on the same day that Kemarni was killed on suspicion of child cruelty.

They were interviewed again two months later and released after an investigation. In June 2018, they were arrested for murder.







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Police arrived and Pope was smiling.
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Birmingham Crown Court’s trial lasted six months, with jurors being presented with evidence for ten weeks. The jurors returned their verdicts today, with the criminals being sentenced today.

DI Mahon claimed that the trial took three years due to delays ‘outside of the control of police’ and the Crown Prosecution Service.







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He stated that: “The process of ageing bone fractures can take up to 12 months so that had to be done before we got the final pathology report and then we’d have to have paediatric experts to understand exactly how the injuries were caused.

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