Life sentence for killer who battered toddler stepson to 'toughen him up'
Chevaze McGregor, who murdered his partner's two-year-old son in Wolverhampton after causing him to suffer a skull fracture and a bite wound, has been jailed at Birmingham Crown Court for life, with a minimum term of 21 years.
McGregor pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing at Birmingham Crown Court to killing his partner's son, Jeremiah Regis-Ngaujah, who died after a traumatic blow to his stomach.
McGregor (30) used physical chastisement to "toughen children up" according to prosecutors and beat little Jeremiah with fists, a belt and a rod in order to discipline the youngster.
In a statement issued after McGregor's guilty plea, West Midlands Police said Jeremiah died in hospital after collapsing at his home in High Street, Wednesfield, Wolverhampton, on November 20 last year.
He was pronounced dead in hospital in the early hours of the following day.
A post-mortem examination showed Jeremiah died of abdominal peritonitis caused by blunt force trauma.
The youngster was also found covered with more than 100 previous injuries, including a bite mark to his chest and a fractured skull.
The toddler's mother, 26-year-old Sindyann Laverne Regis, pleaded guilty to allowing the death of her son at an earlier hearing. The father of Jeremiah Regis-Ngaujah was in court yesterday to see his son's killer jailed - and described the toddler as happy and cheerful with an infectious smile.
In a statement read into the court record by the Crown counsel, Sally Howes QC, Sahr Ngaujah said: "Although I did not have an active part in his life due to circumstances beyond my control, I still loved him as a father.
"He was my beautiful boy, with his whole life ahead of him.
"I had many hopes and dreams for Jeremiah.
"I will never know what Jeremiah may have become as a young man.
"I know that he loved to laugh and already at such a young age, he loved to sing and dance. He loved it if you sung to him and would join in.
"Losing your child is hard enough to deal with, but losing them to murder is just inconceivable."