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.
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.
He said: ‘We are completely devastated by the loss of Alfie, he had a smile that would melt butter.
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
Locals marked Alfie’s death by displaying blue teddies (pictured), and drawings of bears, in their windows
‘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.’