Tuesday, 3 March 2009

addiction children

Addiction and Children

A wee boy not even two years old yet died at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee on 16 March 2008, his name was Brandon Muir.

His injuries included broken ribs and a ruptured intestine.
Medical experts said the injuries had been caused by a “massive blow” to his stomach area.

He had been left in the care of Martin Cunningham (a heroin user )the day before he died while his mother Heather Boyd (also a heroin user) went to the supermarket.

Pathologists who conducted a post-mortem examination on Brandon’s body found cuts and bruises on his head, shoulder blades, abdomen, back, hands and abrasions on the inside of his eye.

Police reports said the injuries dated from the last three weeks of Brandon’s life, the period after Martin cunningham had moved inwith Brandons mum.

Today Martin Cunningham was convicted of culpable homicide after jurors took just one hour and 25 minutes to return their majority verdict.

Brandon’s father, John Muir, said the verdict had brought him no comfort.

He said: “Robert’s been done with culpable homicide, which is five to ten years and if he gets five years, he’ll be out in a year and a bit.

“Brandon’s life was [worth] more than that.”

The night Brandon died he was at a “party” where all the adults were under the influence of either drugs and alcohol or both.

These are the facts! not opinion, not hearsay, not judgement.


Rest in peace little Brandon

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