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Jeremiah Regis-Ngaujah death: Mother has sentence cut

Jeremiah Regis-Ngaujah Image copyright West Midlands Police
Image caption Jeremiah Regis-Ngaujah was found with more than 100 injuries

The mother of a two-year-old boy who was murdered by her abusive partner has had her jail term cut on appeal.

Chevaze McGregor was jailed for life in June for the murder of his stepson Jeremiah Regis-Ngaujah.

Jeremiah's mother, Sindyann Laverne Regis, 26, of High Street, Wednesfield, Wolverhampton, admitted allowing his death and was jailed for three years four months.

Judges ruled her sentence "too long" and cut it to two years four months.

The toddler suffered more than 100 injuries, including a skull fracture, broken ribs and a bite wound.

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Image caption Sindyann Regis had admitted allowing her son's death

Lawyers for Regis argued at London's Criminal Appeal Court that she was a domestic violence victim of McGregor's and was suffering from "battered woman syndrome".

The court was told her treatment led to her displaying "learned helplessness" and "traumatic attachment" to her abusive partner.

She was "not aware of the risk of really serious harm" to Jeremiah "and did not forsee what happened," the judges were told.

Allowing her appeal, Lord Justice Treacy, sitting with Sir John Royce and Judge Jeremy Carey, said that she "failed to take such steps as she could reasonably be expected to take to protect her child."

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Image caption Chevaze McGregor inflicted more than 100 injuries on the youngster over a period of months

However, she "had an increased level of vulnerability herself" as a victim of domestic abuse.

"There was no suggestion that she herself caused any of the injuries," the judge added.

"She was of previous good character, showed remorse and assisted the prosecution of McGregor.

"All these factors work to reduce her culpability. The overall sentence in the circumstances was too long."

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