Twisted woman traps boy, 2, in cage before other child escapes and tells police

A woman trapped a two-year-old boy in a makeshift cot cage with a soiled nappy.

Claire Boyle, 34, from Ayrshire in Scotland, cut the bottom of the cot out and strapped it to the top, securing it with belts from a dressing gown.

Police officers rushed to the property on October 3, 2018, and discovered the “upset” toddler, the Daily Record reports.

Boyle claimed the cage was for the child’s own protection, Kilmarnock Sheriff Court heard.

Her neglect of the toddler only came to light after a four-year-old boy escaped from the flat by squeezing through a six-inch gap in the window, the Daily Record reports.

A passer-by found the older boy alone in soaked nightwear in a street in Newmilns, Ayrshire, on October 3, 2018.

When taken to hospital to be checked over, medics discovered so many bruises they thought he may have blood cancer or a blood clotting disorder.

Describing the scene at the property, Police Constable Adam Peppard said: “[The toddler’s] nappy was full and hanging low and he was upset.

“[He] was within the makeshift cot – the bottom of the cot had been removed and strapped to the top to stop the child getting out.

“It was turned into a very risky cage. She [Boyle] started blaming it on the other child. She said it was ‘all his fault’.

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“She stated he was able to open the window and let himself out.

“She said her solution was to put things in front of the window and to put the base over the top of the cot.”

Another officer said: “It looks like what I’d describe as belts from a dressing gown, tied to secure it."

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The court also heard that the older boy appeared extremely hungry when he was found.

He ate two sandwiches on the day he was found, three more at hospital, Scottish dish mince and tatties, and an apple.

Dr Christine Findlay, a consultant paediatrician with NHS Ayrshire and Arran, said: “That’s not normal behaviour. That’s a child who’s hungry and took the opportunity to eat food when it’s being presented to them.”

Boyle and her partner Timothy Johnstone, 57, were both convicted of neglect on Thursday, February 12.

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Sheriff Higgins convicted Boyle of neglecting the two-year-old and the four-year-old children, and Johnstone of neglecting the four-year-old.

The judge called for background reports to be prepared ahead of sentencing and adjourned the case.

In 2015, Ayr Sheriff Court heard Boyle tried to sell a child for £1million.

She also shook the boy, shouted at him and abandoned him in a “damp and draughty” close in the town.

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