Baby killer foster mum filmed pulling herself faces while child sobbed in hospital bed

A video filmed in what appears to be a hospital room captures the sound of a child sobbing before murderer Laura Castle turns the camera on herself and pulls a silly face.

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Laura Castle pulls face as child can be heard crying in hospital

A foster mum who killed a baby she was hoping to adopt filmed herself pulling weird faces while a crying child lay close by in a hospital bed, it emerged today.

Evil Laura Castle was found guilty of murdering 13-month-old Leiland-James Corkill last week after a court heard she had ‘leathered’ the child who suffered fatal head injuries.

A video filmed in what appears to be a hospital room captures the sound of an unidentified child sobbing before Castle turns the camera on herself and pulls a silly face.

In other clips that emerged during the trial, Leiland-James sobs uncontrollably as 38-year-old Castle attempts to “shush” him, while in further footage, she wipes away his tears as he sits in a baby bouncer.

Castle pulls faces at the camera



Laura Castle was found guilty of murder at Preston Crown Court

The toddler had been placed in the care of Laura Castle and her husband, Scott Castle, 35, in August 2020.

But five months later, on January 6, 2021, paramedics found the tot unresponsive and floppy when they attended the couple’s home in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria.

Leiland-James died the following day after doctors found that his heart wasn’t beating and he had a head injury, which Castle said he sustained by falling from a sofa.

But the court heard how she had then searched online for what might cause a bleed on the brain while the tot lay in hospital, as her story began to unravel.

Leiland-James Corkill was rushed to hospital after being found with serious head injuries at his home

And later a post-mortem finding confirmed that he had suffered a traumatic head injury, which wasn’t caused by an accident.

During her trial at Preston Crown Court, the foster mum pleaded guilty to a manslaughter, after admitting that she shook the baby so that he was “stop crying.”

But texts shared between Laura Castle and her husband revealed that she had referred to Leiland-James as a “proper k**bhead”, a “d**k” and as**t bag”.

She also admitted to “smacking” the child in the messages.

In one text she wrote: “I honestly really don’t like him lately, he’s an absolute moaning whinge bag and I totally regret doing this [sic].

“I’m goin to lose my mind. He just p****s me off all the time, can never just have a nice day or night ever.

Castle filmed the distressed baby crying



The video clips emerged during her trial



“Although I need to stop smacking him cos if I start I’ll not stop at one point and it’s not getting us anywhere and then I feel bad.”

The court also heard that a social worker had reported concerns about the foster mum after she had branded the baby “lazy” and “big”.

A review then took place where officials told the couple they would not support permanently placing Leiland-James with them unless they undertook therapeutic work.

But the court heard the couple instead ploughed ahead with the adoption proceedings.

The couple exchanged further texts on September 25, 2020, with Laura telling her husband she had “leathered” Leiland-James again as she was at her “wits end”.

Leiland-James passed away in January 2021



The tot appears unhappy in his bouncer



She added: “I’m just an abusive parent so it seems.”

A jury later found Castle guilty of murdering Leiland-James, with a judge set to determine her sentence at a later date, while Scott Castle was acquitted.

And following the verdict, Joanne Close, Senior Crown Prosecutor with CPS North, called former foster mum “self-centered, abusive and violent”.

She said: “His birth mother believed he would be safe and have a good life.

“His foster parents cared for and loved him for eight months; they described him as a beautiful little boy with the most contagious laugh.

Castle filmed herself on multiple occasions



“But his life was cruelly cut short by the actions of Laura Castle; she was self-centered, abusive and violent and unfit to provide a home to this vulnerable child.

“The Crown Prosecution Service worked very closely with Cumbria Police to build the strongest possible case to secure justice for Leiland-James.

“Laura Castle was given no option but to admit at the start of the trial that she had caused his death. The jury had the evidence they needed to find her guilty of his murder of her.

“I hope today’s conviction provide some comfort to those that loved Leiland-James. My thoughts are with them.”

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George Holan

George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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