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Daniel Evbuomwan death: Uncle treated boy 'as own son'

A man accused of murdering his three-year-old nephew has told the Old Bailey he treated the boy as if he were his own son.

Ben Igbinedion, 44, said he loved having Daniel Evbuomwan to stay at his home in Bromley.

The court has been told the toddler died from multiple injuries to his ribs and multiple fractures to his pelvis.

Mr Igbinedion told jurors: "I loved him to stay, as Daniel was part of us."

He told the court he had agreed to look after Daniel, as he had done on previous occasions, because the boy's grandmother wanted to go shopping that night.

'Only a child'

Asked if the boy was shy around his uncle, or scared of him, he said: "I have no idea about that. I have always thought that Daniel was my son, and that he was part of me."

Jurors heard that Daniel at one stage sat staring at the wall in the front room while his uncle tried to encourage him to play, and before going to bed, he defecated in the defendant's bedroom despite the fact that he was toilet trained.

Daniel also wet the bed the following morning, which the defendant said did not "annoy him" because "he is only a child".

Mr Igbinedion left the flat the next morning to take some washing to the laundrette and said that when he returned Daniel appeared to be asleep but was moving his body.

The court has heard that later Daniel could not stand up straight and was floppy. He was rushed to hospital but was later pronounced dead.

The trial continues.

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