Name: Liam Fee
Died: March 22, 2014
Age at death: 2
Cause of death: Fatal child abuse
Location: Thornton, Fife, Scotland, UK
Liam was “a happy-go-lucky little boy, with blonde hair, big blue eyes and a cheeky smile”. He lived with his mother and stepmother and his older twin brothers, and was loved by his grandmother. They had pet snakes, rats, and dogs.
Liam was abused throughout his life. When his nursery school called social services, worried about the boy, his parents took him out of school. They blamed Liam’s injuries on autism and claimed he was hurting himself.
When Liam’s mother called police, claiming to have found him dead, little Liam’s death was initially registered as unexplained; then they tried to blame his death on a seven-year-old brother, torturing the child until he agreed to confess to killing Liam.
That ruse bought them some time, but five months later, Liam’s parents were taken into custody, charged with murder and child cruelty. Liam had been beaten to death, hit so hard in the chest that his heart burst, and it had not been done by another child. He had a broken leg and arm, and he was skinny and bruised all over. His parents had beaten him to death.
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