A young boy suffered fatal brain damage from a “shaking injury” that would cause him to die in hospital, a murder trial has been told.

The court, where the trial is ongoing, had previously heard that Arthur Labinjo-Hughes, 6, was once recorded sobbing: “No one loves me.”

Birmingham City fan Arthur was found unresponsive at a home in Cranmore Road, Birmingham, on June 16 last year, Birmingham Live reported .

He would die the following day at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

A post-mortem examination confirmed his death was caused by a head injury.

Arthur’s father, Thomas Hughes, 29, and Emma Tustin, 32, were subsequently arrested in connection with his death.

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They have both pleaded not guilty to murder and Tustin has admitted to one count of child cruelty but denied further charges of the same offence.

Hughes also denied child cruelty offences.

The trial is being held at Coventry Crown Court and recordings of Arthur crying and calling for his nanny and uncle have been played.

Yesterday, October 18, medical expert Professor Stavros Stivaros was called to give evidence.

He said "The bleeding I saw in Arthur's case was in multiple different sites relating to his brain

"In Arthur's case the appearance of bleeding is more in keeping with shaking than impact."

Today, October 19, Dr Roger Malcomson, consultant paediatric and perinatal pathologist, was called to give evidence on some of the injuries suffered by Arthur.

He spoke about how Arthur’s thymus, an organ in the immune system in the chest, had shrunk severely.

Emma Tustin referred to Arthur Labinjo-Hughes as a "little t**t", "little p***k", "little f**k" and "little c**t" in messages to her boyfriend Thomas Hughes in the weeks before the boy suffered fatal injuries, Coventry Crown Court heard

The court heard that Arthur's dad, Thomas, attempted CPR on his lifeless son's body

Dr Malcomson said this could have been the result of “repeated and sustained abuse”.

He also said the pattern of bruising on the six-year-old’s body was “consistent with inflicted injuries.”

Arthur also suffered from considerable bleeding within the eyes which led to the detachment of a retina and can be indicative of head trauma, the court was told.

The trial continues.