A monster stepmum who killed an innocent six-year-old after torturing and starving him has refused to enter the dock for her sentencing hearing.
Cowardly Emma Tustin is facing life in prison after she was convicted of murdering defenceless Arthur Labinjo-Huges following a nine-week trial.
As the sentencing began on Friday afternoon, Judge Wall told the court Tustin was present at Coventry Crown Court but has decided not to come up into the dock to face her punishment.
The hearing will continue in her absence.
Tustin, 32, inflicted ‘unsurvivable’ brain injuries on her partner’s son Arthur by smashing his head against a hard surface at her home in Solihull in June last year.
She took photos of the little boy as he lay dying in the hallway to send to his dad, Thomas Hughes.
Hughes was cleared of murder but found guilty of manslaughter for encouraging the killing.
The court heard he had sent Tustin a text saying ‘just end him’ hours before the killing