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A mother and her partner have been charged with the murder of an ‘intelligent and inquisitive’ nine-year-old boy at a home in Worcestershire.

Alfie Steele was found in a critical condition at a house in Droitwich on February 18 last year before being airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, where he later died.

His mother Carla Scott, 34, and her partner Dirk Howell, 39, have been charged with his murder.

They will also appear charged with child cruelty offences at Worcester Crown Court on February 25. 

The couple are accused of ‘wilfully assaulting, ill-treating, neglecting and abandoning’ Alfie in the run up to his death.

Alfie was said to be at a ‘significant risk of serious physical harm’ and Scott either ’caused his death by her own unlawful act’ or ‘failed to take steps’ to protect him.

Both also face a charge of cruelty to a person aged under 16 between July 13, 2019 and February 18, 2021.

Prosecutors claim ‘having the responsibility for Alfie Steele, a child under that age, wilfully assaulted, ill-treated, neglected, abandoned or exposed the said Alfie Steele in a manner likely to cause the said Alfie Steele unnecessary suffering or injury to health’.

At the time of the incident, West Mercia Police said detectives were treating Alfie’s death as ‘unexplained’.

His grandfather, Paul Scott, described him as ‘courageous like a lion’ in a touching tribute.

Carla Scott, the mother of Alfie Steele, has been charged with his murder

Carla Scott, the mother of Alfie Steele, has been charged with his murder

Dirk Howell, Scott's partner, has also been charged with the murder of the nine-year-old

Dirk Howell, Scott's partner, has also been charged with the murder of the nine-year-old

Carla Scott (left) and Dirk Howell (right) have been charged with the murder of nine-year-old Alfie Steele

Nine-year-old Alfie Steele (pictured) who was found in a critical condition on February 18 and later died after being airlifted to the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Birmingham

Nine-year-old Alfie Steele (pictured) who was found in a critical condition on February 18 and later died after being airlifted to the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Birmingham

Nine-year-old Alfie Steele (pictured) who was found in a critical condition on February 18 and later died after being airlifted to the Queen Elizabeth hospital in Birmingham

Alfie was airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham after he was found in a critical condition at his home

Alfie was airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham after he was found in a critical condition at his home

Alfie was airlifted to Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham after he was found in a critical condition at his home

Locals marked Alfie's death by displaying blue teddies (pictured), and drawings of bears, in their windows

Locals marked Alfie's death by displaying blue teddies (pictured), and drawings of bears, in their windows

Locals marked Alfie’s death by displaying blue teddies (pictured), and drawings of bears, in their windows

He said: ‘We are completely devastated by the loss of Alfie, he had a smile that would melt butter.

‘He was intelligent and inquisitive, and was courageous like a lion; he was a good Christian boy who was full of God.’

‘He would never shy away from anything and had no fear.’ 

Locals residents marked Alfie’s death by displaying blue teddies, and drawings of bears, in their windows.

One said: ‘He was such a smiley, happy boy. When I saw the two air ambulances land by the house I just felt numb. I knew straight away that something terrible had happened.

‘It’s just heartbreaking for a life to be lost at such a young age.’

Source: Daily Mail UK

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