A mother murdered her seven-year-old son by stabbing him with a knife after writing letters saying she would rather he ‘be dead’ than lose him in a custody battle, a court heard.
Lesley Speed, 44, is also accused of using a cushion to smother Archie Spriggs on the same day she and her ex-partner Matthew Spriggs were due to attend a family court.
The schoolboy was found lying dead on his bed by Speed’s partner, Darren Jones, at their home in Church Stretton, Shropshire, on September 21 last year.
Speed was also found bleeding with knife wounds. She was rushed to hospital and survived and was later charged with murder.
Prosecutor Sally Howes QC said: ‘It is the Crown’s case that he was murdered by his mother.