Image caption, Arthur Labinjo-Hughes looked exhausted and weak days before his death, court witness said figcaption>
Six-year-old boy whose death is on trial for murder has emerged to be "skeletal" the day before his death, a court said.
Arthur Labinjo-Hughes had shaking legs and collapsed in a car, a witness told Coventry Crown Court, where his father Thomas Hughes denies the charge along with his girlfriend Emma Tustin.
The couple are also charged with multiple counts of child cruelty.
The jurors have heard that theyhad taken turns to Arthur "like a game of tennis ".
The youngster died in Solihull on June 17, 2020.
On June 15 and 16 of the same year , hairdresser Catherine Milhench had an appointment with Ms Tustin who was accompanied by Arthur each time.
Testifying on the sixth day of the trial, Ms Milhench said she wished she had called the police after seeing the boy.
The court heard that Ms Milhench, who worked from home, first cut Ms Tustin's hair in the summer of 2019 and met Arthur later that year.
Then he had looked "relatively fine" and "a normal boy," Ms Milhench said, but in June of the following year, she told court, Arthur looked "Skeletal" and appeared exhausted and weak. "It was not nice to see, " she added.
During a six-hour hair-do date on June 15, 2020, Ms. Tustin told Arthur to stand bybutt and face the front door, and later another door upstairs, the court learned.
Ms Milhench said of Arthur: "You could see his collarbones. He was wearing a pajama suit and you could just see his collarbones sticking out.
" His legs trying to climb the stairs were shaking, as if he couldn't stand. stand up. "
When her father came to pick up Mrs Tustin and Arthur, Mrs Milhench said: " Tom took him by the skin, took him [to the 'outside].
"I remember Arthur fell to the ground. He just collapsed and fell into the car.
Image caption, In June 2020, floral tributes were left at Ms. Tustin's house where prosecutors said Arthur was fatally injured
The court heard Ms Tustin returned for a follow-up date on June 16. This time Mr Hughes was present.
During the sit down, Ms Milhench said, the couple constantly cursed Arthur "like a game of tennis ".
Ms Milhench said that 'she had suggested that Arthur be sent to live with his grandmother, but was told that would be "what he wants " and allow him to "win ".
'He looked petrified '
The court equaledI learned that Ms Milhench's partner, Tobias Jarman, had slipped Arthur a glass of water without Ms Tustin and Mr Hughes knowing.
Mr. Jarman, who said Arthur looked "malnourished " and had chapped lips, said: "I tried to reassure him. I told you didn 't 'don't have to be afraid of me in any way '.
"He looks petrified. It wasn't the normal glow you see in the eyes of a child this age. It seemed like there was a rooted fear inside. "
In the court proceedings of the previous days, prosecutors said that Arthur was repeatedly punched against a hard surface at Ms Tustin's home, suffering from a brain injury to which he was unable to survive.
He hasalso alleged that prior to the episode, he was subjected to a campaign of ill-treatment and salt poisoning .
Mr. Hughes, 29, of Stroud Road, and his partner Ms Tustin, 32, of Cranmore Road, each deny the murder.
Ms Tustin admits cruelty to children by abusing Arthur, an accusation Mr Hughes denies.
They both deny allegations of child cruelty by administering salt to Arthur between June 1 and June 17, 2020.
Both also deny two counts of child cruelty through assault on multiple occasions and also refusing to eat and / or drink.
The trial continues.
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