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Mother who covered up tot's death is sent to prison

By Helen William

A mother who covered up the death of her baby son for 11 years until he was found in a garden shed has been sentenced to 21 months imprisonment.

There was no reaction from Victoria Gayle (32), as she stood in the dock at Kingston Crown Court.

Estimates suggest that her son Kyzer may have been around 13 or 14 months old when he died, and little is known about him as he was last seen in 2004. His remains, showing he was malnourished, were found in a garden shed on May 31, 2016.

This was at the home in north London of Gayle's mother and step-father, but they knew nothing about the death.

Gayle previously pleaded guilty to preventing a lawful burial, but pleaded not guilty to perjury and perverting the course of justice.

Judge Susan Tapping told Gayle: "Your little boy was denied a decent burial. A web of lies began in 2014 and went on to every authority that tried to find out what had happened to him.

"The full truth of his sad and short life will never be known."

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