A vicious mother and stepfather have been jailed for life for murdering her four-year-old son they imprisoned, starved and beat to death.
Magdelena Luczak and her partner Mariusz Krezolek must serve a minimum of 30 years after leaving her son Daniel Pelka resembling ‘a concentration camp victim’ weighing just 1st 9lb. Upon sentencing Mrs Justice Cox told them: ‘Your campaign of cruelty killed him.’ She said Daniel had suffered ‘incomprehensible brutality’ at the hands of the Polish-born pair who had shown ‘no remorse’ for their crimes.
‘The facts of this case are deeply shocking and disturbing,’ she said.
‘Harrowing details of the unimaginable acts of cruelty and brutality inflicted on little Daniel, over many months, have exposed both the torment and despair he must have suffered and your callous disregard for his pain and distress.’
She added: ‘Your campaign of cruelty, as it has accurately been described, culminated in the severe blow or blows to his head that killed him.
‘The level of culpability for each of you is extremely high. Your expressions of regret and sorrow made now ring hollow in the circumstances of this case.
Det Insp Chris Hanson, of West Midlands Police, said: ‘Daniel’s was an absolutely wretched existence.’
David Tucker, the head of policy at the NSPCC, welcomed the sentence. He told ITV News: ‘We’re very pleased to see that the sentence here indicates the revulsion that the public feel about the way Daniel was treated by the people who should have cared for him.
‘His parents, his mother and stepfather, seem to have engaged in a series of methods of abuse which were really, really appalling and ended up in the death of a child so we feel that this sentence reflects the gravity of the offences that they committed against this poor, defenceless child.’
The boy was denied food so often he would steal scraps from bins – but if alcoholic Luczak and ex-soldier Krezolek caught him, they force-fed him salt. Daniel was regularly imprisoned in a box room, which he also used as a toilet, and ordered to do military exercises. He was so neglected his bones stopped growing, Birmingham crown court heard. Daniel suffered a fatal head injury when beaten at the couple’s Coventry home in March 2012.
Investigators believe his captors left him in an unheated room for 33 hours before calling paramedics.
His body had more than 20 bruises and the head injury was one of 30. Social workers and school staff are now being investigated for not acting sooner.
This is just cruel...she should never call herself a human being, how much more a mother!!!