A mom accused of killing her six-week-old baby complained he was “whingey” in the days leading up to his death, a court has heard.
Chelsea Cuthbertson, 28, denies murdering Malaki Watts at his home, but experts say his “catastrophic” injuries were most likely caused by a “non-accidental injury”.
Cuthbertson is accused of shaking the tot to death, and in the preceding days she has sent several messages moaning that she was “sick” of being with her children all the time.
A Winchester Crown Court jury heard she had complained the baby was ‘wingey’ and ‘hard work’.
The baby, born to twins on Christmas Day 2018, was ‘head to toe gray’ when police arrived at the two-bed apartment on February 2, 2019 following a 999.
He was rushed from his apartment in Hythe, near Southampton, Hants, to Southampton General Hospital, but tragically died four days later after being taken out of the resuscitation system.
The mother of five, Cuthbertson, is accused of inflicting serious head injuries and eight fractured ribs on her son.
In a text to his friend five days before his death, Cuthbertson said, “(Malakai) is so whingey, it’s really hard work but (the other twin) is easy. I would cry if they were both like this.
She sent the text on January 28, 2019 – around the same time the autopsy report showed Malakai had sustained a rib injury.
In another text to Malakai’s dad, Dell Watts, she said, “Tired of being there all the time and doing everything with these kids while you messing around every weekend.
Another text to Mr. Watts saw Cuthbertson describe another of his children as “a little cow” and a “little shit”.
He was like, “(The kid) might have a bruise on his cheek tomorrow – the little cow took my shimmering eyeshadow.
“I went to take her to her room but the little shit was all slippery so I let it go and it fell on the face but on the cheek.”
Cuthbertson had previously testified in family court that she felt abandoned, exploited and left alone with the children.
She claimed that she did not receive sufficient financial support from her partner, Mr Watts, as money was limited and the apartment was often cold.
Cuthbertson also spoke openly about assaulting her first child when he was just six months old, during the court hearing that she pressed so hard on his forehead it left him with severe bruises and that he had to be taken to hospital.
Prosecutor Sally Howes QC previously told jurors there was “growing resentment” in Cuthbertson’s “love-hate” relationship with Malakai’s father, Mr. Watts.
Ms Howes said: “His resentment and anger reached such a point that morning that she took him over Malakai, hugging him around the chest, shaking him and then knocking him over the head.
“His intention at this point must have been to hurt him even if the catalyst was to take his resentment away from him.”
Cuthbertson had previously recounted at the murder trial how the twins fell asleep when she woke up that morning.
She said she still remembered “every minute” of that day – going outside to smoke cannabis to wake them up for their morning meal and find blue Malakai on their face.
When she got home, she said she saw Malakai’s face “right away” was blue, picked it up and called 999.
Cuthbertson denies the murder and the trial continues.