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Murdered child was 'repeatedly punished by violent stepfather'

15 July 2013 Last updated at 19:35 BST

A mother accused of starving and murdering her son has told a court he died after being beaten about the head by her partner.

Magdelena Luczak, 27, claimed Mariusz Krezolek, 34, also prevented her from feeding four-year-old Daniel Pelka.

He died in hospital in Coventry on 3 March 2012 from severe head injuries.

The couple both deny murder and causing or allowing the death of a child in the trial at Birmingham Crown Court.

Jeremy Cooke reports.