Cruel couple jailed for boy's murder

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A couple who inflicted a catalogue of abuse on a three-year-old boy have been jailed for life for his murder.

Ryan Lovell-Hancox received more than 70 injuries at the hands of Kayley Boleyn and Christopher Taylor.

The toddler died on Christmas Eve in 2008, two days after suffering a brain injury.

They were found guilty by a jury of child cruelty as well as murder. Boleyn has been told she must serve at least 13 years in prison with Taylor set a 15 year minimum sentence.

The couple, of Slim Avenue, Bilston, West Midlands, were being paid £40 a week by Ryan's mother to care for him.

The four-week criminal trial heard that Miss Hancox knew nothing of the abuse.

She told the court: "My crime was naivety. Kayley is related to my family. She never showed any signs of nastiness."

Wolverhampton City Council is currently awaiting the findings of a serious case review into Ryan's death.