Name: Kayden McGuinness.
Died: September 17, 2017.
Age at death: 3.
Cause of death: Fatal abuse.
Location: Londonderry, Northern Ireland, UK.
Disability: Autism (Suspected).
Kayden’s mother had left Kayden in the care of her partner while she went to visit her friends. The man abused Kayden, hitting him in the head repeatedly; Kayden died of a massive head injury.
Kayden’s mother remembers him as “just a wee boy who loved playing and loved life.” He was being evaluated for autism when he died.
Perpetrator: Liam Whoriskey (Mother’s fiance), convicted of manslaughter and cruelty to a child, sentenced to 15 years, half in prison and half in the community.
The tragic death of toddler Kayden McGuinness
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Liam Whoriskey jailed over death of little Kayden McGuinness (3) in Derry flat
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Man jailed for 15 years after three-year-old boy died following severe ‘battering’