THE ‘arrogant’ son of an ex-government minister has admitted crushing a three-year-old boy to death with his car seat.
Stephen Waterson, 26, squashed Alfie Lamb in the footwell of his Audi while his mother Adrian Hoare looked on, then orchestrated a cover-up.
Hoare, 24, from Gravesend, Kent, was jailed for two years and nine months for child cruelty.
But Waterson — adopted son of former Tory minister Nigel Waterson — had denied manslaughter and was ordered to face a retrial after an Old Bailey jury failed to reach a verdict.
However, ahead of his retrial yesterday, Waterson, from Croydon, south London, changed his plea and admitted manslaughter by gross negligence.
Scotland Yard’s Det Ch Insp Simon Harding branded him ‘arrogant, selfish and deeply unpleasant’.
The court had heard how on February 15 last year the defendants were driving home from Sutton in south London when nightclub worker Waterson became annoyed with Alfie’s crying and moved his seat into him.
When Alfie continued, he reversed again, saying: ‘I won’t be told what to do by a three-year-old,’ Hoare said. Waterson said he pushed the seat only once.
By the time they arrived in Croydon, Alfie had stopped breathing. He died from crush asphyxia three days later.
Waterson fled, gave police a false name and statement and sold the Audi. He was also convicted of intimidating a witness.
He will be sentenced on Monday.