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Mum who joked bruised baby son looked like ‘little madman’ in texts to boyfriend who shook him to death is facing jail – The Sun

Mar 17, 2023
Little Jacob was shaken to death

A MUM who joked about her bruised son looked like a “little madman” in texts to her partner before he shook him to death is facing jail.

Louise Lennon, 32, and Jake Drummond, 33, also messaged each other a reference to putting 15-month-old Jacob in a “torture chamber”.

Louise Lennon turned a blind eye to her son’s sufferingCredit: Central News


Little Jacob was shaken to deathCredit: BPM

The mum was today convicted of causing or allowing the death of a child and child cruelty, while Drummond was found guilty of murder and wounding with intent.

He shook little Jacob to death at home in Roehampton, South West London, after taking cocaine with a friend.

The Old Bailey heard Drummond waged a campaign of deliberate assaults on the toddler that Lennon did nothing to stop.

Five days before the killing, the ex-caretaker sent Lennon a twisted message saying he was putting Jacob in the “torture chamber”, which referred to his bedroom.

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This followed meme of Ben Stiller in the film Happy Gilmore with the quote: “Now you will go to sleep or I will put you to sleep.”

In another vile text, Lennon referred to her son as looking like a “little madman” because of his bruises.

On August 27, 2019, the mum called 999 claiming Jacob had bumped his head “like he fell out of bed or something”.

She also claimed her son had tripped on their way back from a supermarket.

Medics found his eyes were so swollen he could not open them and he “looked like a panda” because he had such dark bruises.

He also had bruises on his forehead and head while his skull was “almost soft and spongy-like”.

The court heard his genitals were swollen and he had an injury on them consistent with “extreme pinching” or biting that was described as “sadistic”.

Traces of cocaine were also found in his system after he died.

A post-mortem found Jacob died after multiple episodes of inflicted trauma culminating in the infliction of the fatal head injury.

The pathologist also found it is likely Jacob hit his head against a blunt surface while he was being shaken.

Jacob had several previous injuries that were days to weeks old and a “final” injury which was less than two days old.

Social services had placed Jacob under a child protection plan under the category of emotional abuse in December 2018.

Detective Chief Inspector Wayne Jolley said: “No one who has listened to the catalogue of injuries inflicted on Jacob Lennon can be anything but horrified.

“It is hard to comprehend how such a young and vulnerable baby could have been so abused.

“Drummond and Lennon sought to cover up their guilt by blaming accidents or feigning ignorance of how he was injured. However, a jury saw through their attempts to avoid the blame and found them both accountable for Jacob’s death.

“This case was very distressing and I would like to thank my team and all those who supported the prosecution for their professionalism and diligence.

“Everyone concerned has had to listen to some truly harrowing evidence, but we were determined to persevere and bring those responsible for Jacob’s death to justice.”

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Jacob had traces of cocaine in his system


Jacob had traces of cocaine in his systemCredit: PA
Drummond was accused of murdering the baby


Drummond was accused of murdering the babyCredit: Central News
Lennon denies causing or allowing the death of a child and child cruelty


Lennon denies causing or allowing the death of a child and child crueltyCredit: BPM

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