The boy’s father said: “He was kidnapped before he knew who he was, what he wanted to do with his life and how much he meant to so many people.”
A murderous mother begged paramedics to let her die after murdering her son.
Carol Hodgson, 40, was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum sentence of more than 18 years for the murder of Daniel Hodgson Green, 2.
She smoothed out the toddler on February 2 at her home in Upper Garth Gardens, Guisborough, North Yorkshire.
Hodgson then attempted suicide and left notes for her family at the house.
“He was my whole world”
On the day Daniel was murdered, his mother and father Stefan Green were scheduled to attend a family court hearing as Mr Green was trying to get in touch with the boy more.
The heartbroken Mr Green read a victim statement ahead of his former partner’s sentencing at Teesside Crown Court, expressing how much he wanted to be a part of his son’s life but that Hodgson had cut all contact when Daniel was a baby was.
In his moving testimony, Mr Green told the judge: “I wish I could say more about Daniel’s personality but we only knew him as a baby before Carol disappeared with him and severed all contact.
“He was my whole world, the day he was born I really knew what love was, I knew what it felt like to have a higher purpose, to do everything in my power to give him the best.” To give life, one full of love and happiness.”
He added, “He was taken before he could know who he was, what he wanted to do with his life and how much he meant to so many people.”
Mr Green had visited the same courthouses on February 2 of this year, expecting there would be a family court hearing to clarify the background to the dispute, only to learn his son had been killed.
Chilling notes showed that Hodgson planned the murder
Emergency services arrived at Hodgson’s home to find her mother in her bedroom performing CPR on her. A paramedic then noticed Daniel lying lifeless next to his mother.
Desperate attempts were made at the scene and in the hospital to save him, but to no avail.
Hodgson was also treated at the scene and asked to be left to die, but she was taken to the hospital and survived.
Alistair MacDonald QC, prosecutor, said the notes she left for her mother and other family members suggested she planned the murder.
He said Mr Green had been cut off from contact since early 2020 when Hodgson moved, but did not tell him her new address.
Mr Green requested to have more access to his son and to prevent them from changing his last name, moving house or taking him on holiday without notifying him.
Mr MacDonald said: “It is no coincidence that she carried out the murder on the very morning that the Family Court was due to hold a fact finding hearing.”
What did the defense say?
Richard Wright QC, defending, said it was accepted by others that Hodgson loved her son and had shown genuine remorse.
He added, “The only explanation was that she had developed a completely irrational and objectively unjustifiable but sincere belief that she was compelled to act as she did.”
What did the judge say?
Judge Paul Watson QC sentenced her to life imprisonment with a minimum sentence of 18 years and four months, saying the crime was compounded by Daniel’s vulnerability, the abuse of trust and willful intent but mitigated by her guilty plea to the murder.
He said: “It was not an act of mercy.
“It was an appalling and truly horrific crime.
“The fact that you actually intended to take your own life as well, which I take to be true, offers no mitigation for killing Daniel.”