Mum of three-year-old crushed to death by car seat to stay in prison

Mother of three-year-old boy who was crushed to death by a car seat is sent back to prison to serve the rest of her sentence after ‘showing aggression and violence’ and dodging probation check-ins for SEVEN months

  • Adrian Hoare, from Kent, was jailed for two years and nine months in May 2019
  • She was found guilty of child cruelty for putting son Alfie Lamb in harm’s way
  • She placed three-year-old in the footwell of an Audi and he was crushed by seat
  • Boyfriend, Stephen Waterson, 28, was jailed for seven years for manslaughter

Adrian Hoare (pictured left), from Kent, was jailed for two years and nine months in May 2019 after being found guilty of child cruelty over the death of her son Alfie Lamb

A mother whose three-year-old son was crushed to death by a car seat will stay behind bars for the rest of her sentence after ‘showing aggression’ and dodging probation check-ins for seven months.

Adrian Hoare, from Kent, was jailed in 2019 after being found guilty of child cruelty over the death of her son Alfie Lamb.

The three-year-old was crushed to death by a car seat after the hairdresser placed the toddler into the footwell of an Audi.

Hoare was jailed for two years and nine months in May 2019, but was offered early release and left prison in October that year.

However her licence was revoked just three months later after she ‘placed herself in a risky situation’ and then ‘lost touch with the probation service’, according to parole bosses. 

She then remained ‘unlawfully at large’ until she was taken back into custody in May 2020.

Today the Parole Board – which considers whether criminals who are recalled to prison can be re-released – decided she is not yet suitable to be freed again.

However, Hoare will be able to walk free within months because her sentence expires in July. 


Three-year-old Alfie was crushed to death by a car seat after she placed the toddler into the footwell of an Audi in 2018

A document setting out the Parole Board’s decision, issued on Wednesday, said: ‘After considering the circumstances of her offending, the progress made while in custody and on licence, and the other evidence presented at the hearings and in the dossier, the panel was not satisfied that Ms Hoare was suitable for release.’

At the time of her offending she was described as making ‘poor decisions and acting impulsively at times’, adding: ‘She had been in relationships where she had been easily led and controlled or manipulated.

‘She had shown some aggression and even violence.

‘Ms Hoare had misused illicit drugs and had mixed with like-minded, anti-social people.’

While the Parole Board was told of some progress she had made to address her behaviour, for example taking part in counselling, ‘there were concerns about how open Ms Hoare might be with her supervising team.

‘She was considered to show insufficient self-awareness or insight and to lack adequate self-control.’

Hoare was jailed in 2019 after being found guilty of putting her son Alfie Lamb into harm’s way by placing him into the footwell of an Audi convertible.  

The single mother, who was with boyfriend Stephen Waterson at the time, realised something was desperately wrong with the ‘happy, active, smiley’ boy.

Waterson, who had slammed into Alfie in his seat while he was in the footwell, pulled the toddler out of the car to try and revive him. 

But Alfie suffered a cardiac arrest and his life support machine was turned off three days later.

Hoare was jailed in 2019 after being found guilty of putting her son Alfie Lamb into harm’s way by placing him into the footwell of an Audi convertible

Three-year-old Alfie Lamb was in the footwell of the Audi A4 (pictured) when Waterson slammed his chair into him in south London in February 2018 

Hoare’s boyfriend Stephen Waterson (pictured), from Croydon, the adopted son of former Government Minister Nigel Waterson, was also jailed over the toddler’s death

A pathologist found the youngster died from crush asphyxia caused by the car seat. 

Hoare was cleared of manslaughter following a trial, but was convicted of child cruelty. 

Her partner Waterson was jailed for seven and a half years for manslaughter, plotting to pervert the course of justice and intimidating a witness after admitting squashing Alfie by reversing his car seat into him.

Speaking to the Sun earlier on her daughter’s initial release in 2019, Hoare’s heartbroken mother Janis, 53, said she was still unable to forgive her daughter.

She said: ‘I will always feel hatred towards her for what she’s done. She has taken everything from me. Adrian has literally broken me.’

She added: ‘The hardest thing at this time of year is going out and seeing little kids out telling their nannies what they want, and that they want to go to see Father Christmas.

‘He should still be here and we should be doing those things together.’ 

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