Tributes have poured in for a tragic tot whose own mother and stepfather have been accused of murdering him.
Jeremiah Regis, two, was found with serious injuries at a home in Wolverhampton earlier this week. His mother Sindyann Regis and her partner Chevaze Mcgregor have now appeared before Wolverhampton Crown Court, accused of killing the little boy.
The court was told that little Jeremiah had more than 100 injuries on his body when he died, including bite marks on his chest. A statement has now been released by his family, which said: “He will be greatly missed by his Nanna and entire family.”
So far, Ms Regis, 25, of High Street, Wednesfield, and Mr Mcgregor, 27, of New Road in Rainford, Essex, have not entered a plea. They spoke only to confirm their names before the judge, James Burbidge, adjourned the case as police investigations continue, until December. It is understood that the trial into Jeremiah’s death will begin next April.
The judge said: “If you deny the charge, you’ll stand trial on the 25th of April. In the meantime I remand you in custody.”
The little boy had injuries across his face and body when police and paramedics were called to Wednesfield just before midnight. While he was rushed to hospital, medics were unable to save him and he was pronounced dead on November 21.
A post-mortem examination carried out into the cause of his death found that he died from abdominal peritonitis, which was caused as a result of blunt force trauma.
Wolverhampton Safeguarding Children Board has now said it would be carrying out a serious case review into Jeremiah’s death, as is standard practice. The review will include whether Jeremiah’s family was under the care of any authorities such as social services and whether any opportunities were missed which could have saved to little boy.