The devastated gran of six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes – who was tortured and murdered by his evil step-mum – says she feels like she has “failed”.
Joanne Hughes, who took pictures of her grandson’s bruises and reported them to social services, also claimed Arthur would be “happy” and “thriving” if her son, Thomas Hughes, 29, had never met Emma Tustin, 32.
Speaking following Tustin’s murder sentence – during which the court heard details of the grim torture Arthur was subjected to – Joanne said the young boy had been “the sunlight in all our lives”, reports The Sun.
Her heart-breaking statement added: “As a mother and grandmother it is with profound despondency that I have failed in my sole purpose to keep my loved ones safe and ensure their life is filled only with love, happiness and contentment.
"This, woefully, is no longer the case for any of us. And it is with a heavy heart that we have all realised this will never be the case again.
"We as a family are emphatic that Arthur would be alive today, a happy, contented, thriving, seven year old, with the opportunity to reach his full potential during his lifetime, if Tom had not met Emma Tustin.
“We believe this now and forevermore.”
The shattered nan went on to slam the authorities who she claimed “failed” to protect the six-year-old.
She also attacked Tustin’s lack of empathy or regret for her heinous crimes, including starving Arthur and forcing him to stand and look at a wall for hours on end.
“I have also noted the complete lack of remorse, concern and sympathy shown by Miss Tustin throughout this trial,” she said.
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"The only pity she has shown is for herself and never once has she apologised for Arthur’s passing whilst in her sole care.
“We, as a family, want it recorded that the Arthur we knew was the model of a happy, joyous, exuberant and loving six-year-old.
"He bought laughter and happiness to those who loved him and he reflected that love and joy back to those who treasured him."
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