Arthur Labinjo-Hughes’ grandmother broke down when she remembered a time when the six-year-old begged to stay at her house.
Madeline Halcrow was in tears as she told how her little grandson pleaded to stay with her when dad Thomas Hughes and stepmum Emma Tustin came to collect him.
She said the murdered little boy had “lost the sparkle in his eyes” the final time she saw him while speaking on ITV’s Good Morning Britain.
Ms Halcrow branded Hughes and Tustin as “evil” and “sadistic” and “torturous” during the appearance, writes BirminghamLive.
She last saw her grandson on her birthday and said he was “much loved by everybody”.
“I last saw Arthur on my birthday, October 21, he was the happiest child, he was very very much loved by everybody,” she said.
“He was my daughter’s baby bear and my sunny delight. But he had lost the sparkle in his eyes, if that makes sense.
“His dad came to pick him up and he asked his dad: “Is she in the car”?”
Ms Halcrow continued that her grandson began to cry and didn’t want to leave.
She continued: “And Arthur started to cry, and he asked me: “Grandma, can I stay with you?”
The heartbreaking case where the young boy was killed at the hands of Tustin, 32, and Hughes, 29, has shocked the country.
An outpouring of grief from neighbours, MPs and the general public has called for the killers’ sentences to be reviewed.
On the morning show, Ms Halcrow was in tears and given tissues as she told of the horror and her anger towards his dad and stepmum.
Tustin was jailed for life over Arthur’s murder and will serve a minimum of 29 years behind bars.
Dad Hughes was handed a minimum of 21 years for manslaughter.
The six-year-old was found with 125 areas of bruising on his body after he died from unsurvivable brain injuries in June last year, while alone with Tustin.
Ms Halcrow added about their sentences: “No, life should mean life. They took away Arthur’s life… there was no remorse, no sympathy shown.
“They’ll never get to heaven, they’ll burn in hell – if they get there.”
In an emotional tribute over the weekend, neighbours and those grieving his loss released hundreds of blue and white balloons in his honour insisting ‘he was loved’ in moving scenes.
Boris Johnson has urged that the national inquiry into his death, and social and public services where he lived, will be fast-tracked.
The PM also vowed to introduce ‘Arthur’s Law’ where child killers will be given tougher sentences and whole life-term jail sentences.
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