Man admits murdering Dylan Crean, 3, in Swadlincote
A man has admitted murdering his ex-girlfriend's three-year-old son who was found injured at a house in Leicestershire.
Dylan Crean died in hospital hours after paramedics were called to the property in Albert Village, Swadlincote, in August 2011.
Peter Cawser, 22, of Edward Street, Albert Village, admitted murder, at Leicester Crown Court.
Cawser, who had denied the charge, is due to be sentenced on Thursday.
Following the hearing, Dylan's mother, Katie Crean, said: "I'm just happy he has pleaded guilty and given us what we want, let me start to heal.
'Brilliant and beautiful'
"No-one will ever understand what he took from me and I hope no-one else ever has to go through what I have in the past 12 months and will continue to go through for the rest of my life."
She described Dylan as "funny, cheeky, crazy, brilliant and beautiful" and thanked the police, friends and well-wishers for their support.
"I love Dylan so much and miss him so terribly every day," Ms Crean added.
Det Ch Insp Matt Hewson, of Leicestershire Police, said: "Yesterday would have been the fifth birthday of Dylan if it had not been for the act of a person who Dylan had his trust in.
"This guilty plea means that we can move forward and our thoughts are with Katie who has endured a quite unimaginable last 12 months.
"She has been immensely brave and hopefully now it does give some closure to some aspects for Katie and will allow her to move forward."