Cameron Rose jailed for killing Erith toddler Rhys Lawrie

Three-year-old Rhys Lawrie was killed by Cameron Rose

Three-year-old Rhys Lawrie was killed by Cameron Rose


A teenager who killed his 28-year-old girlfriend’s disabled child in Erith has been jailed for five years.

Cameron Rose, of Wolfe Crescent, Charlton, was found guilty of one charge of manslaughter and one count of actual bodily harm at the Old Bailey on Thursday (29).

Rose was just 16 when he assaulted and ultimately killed three-year-old Rhys Lawrie.

Rose was in a relationship with Rhys’s mother, Sadie Henry, and would often spend time at her flat in Columbus Square.

Rhys had Dravet Syndrome, a severe form of epilepsy which left him unable to speak.

On January 21 last year at about 3.30pm, Rhys was rushed to hospital after his mother called 999 to report her son had collapsed and was not breathing.

Paramedics noticed extensive bruising to his face and his eye.

Rhys just two months short of his fourth birthday when he was pronounced dead. His doctor recorded 14 separate injuries to his face and body including a broken right leg and severe bruising to his ears, which indicated he was picked up by them.

A post mortem concluded the cause of death as a head injury just before his death.

Speaking after Rose’s conviction, Det Ch Insp Michael Orchard said: “I am glad that Rose will start a jail term handed to him for his appalling actions against an innocent and vulnerable child.”

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