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Car seat Alfie mum guilty of child cruelty

Convicted: Hoare and (below) Waterson

THE mother of a three-year-old boy crushed by a car seat has been found guilty of child cruelty.

Adrian Hoare, 23, failed to prevent her boyfriend Stephen Waterson, 25, squashing Alfie Lamb.

She was sitting in the back of an Audi convertible with Alfie at her feet when Waterson pushed his seat back to give himself more leg room.

Afterwards, Hoare and Waterson, the adopted son of ex-Tory minister Nigel Waterson, lied to police about what happened on a shopping trip with two friends in Croydon, south London, last February.

The Old Bailey jury was unable to decide whether Waterson was guilty of Alfie’s manslaughter but found him guilty of intimidation of a witness in the case.

Hoare was cleared of manslaughter but found guilty of child cruelty and common assault on another witness. They were both remanded in custody and will be sentenced on March 4.