A churchgoer who murdered his partner’s two-year-old son after stamping on his head during months of sickening abuse has been jailed for 21 years.
Chevaze Sanchez McGregor, 27, inflicted a string of injuries on Jeremiah Regis-Ngaujah before delivery a fatal blow which ruptured the boy’s intestines.
The toddler – known as ‘little smiler’ – was left ‘broken and battered’ with more than 100 injuries, including a skull fracture and a bite wound.
Medics attempted to save the boy’s life but he suffered an ‘agonising’ death 24 hours after the attack.
Today, McGregor – who believed pain could teach children right from wrong – was jailed for life when he appeared at Birmingham Crown Court.
Jeremiah’s mother Sindyann Regis, 26, who had previously admitted allowing the death of a child, was also sentenced to three years and four months.
Her not guilty plea to murder was accepted by the prosecution.
During the hearing, the court was told how Jeremiah was born in February 2014 but his parents had separated before the birth.
Regis, who was living in London at the time, had been brought up in the Pentecostal church where she met McGregor while seven months’ pregnant.
Sally Howes QC, prosecuting, said the pair were initially just friends but it developed into a relationship and McGregor was present at the birth of Jeremiah.
But the relationship came to an end and Regis moved away. The couple stayed in touch and ,in June 2016, they rekindled their relationship.
During the hearing, the court heard how McGregor used physical chastisement to ‘toughen children up’.
The thug used his fists, a belt and a rod to discipline Jeremiah and three other children.
The court heard how, on the night of Jeremiah’s death in November 2016, an ambulance was called to Jeremiah’s home in Wednesfield, West Midlands, after Regis knocked on neighbours’ doors, claiming her son was unwell.
McGregor then approached the ambulance carrying Jeremiah. The child had no pulse and was not breathing.
He was taken to hospital where he pronounced dead the next morning.
The court heard how doctors who examined Jeremiah’s body became suspicious of the injuries he had suffered, including an adult-sized bite mark.
Police were alerted and a post-mortem examination revealed that Jeremiah died from peritonitis as a result of blunt force trauma to his abdomen.
In police interviews, McGregor – who claimed not to remember hitting Jeremiah around the head, produced a letter in which he stated: ‘Sindyann does not discipline him so it must be me.
‘The job of the parent is to correct. God gave us pain so we know to do the right thing.’
As Miss Howes outlined the boy’s injuries, Regis could be heard sobbing in a room beside the dock and was allowed to leave court.
She described how he suffered numerous rib fractures, a bite mark to his chest, bruising and brain injury.
Concluding her summary of the events leading up to the death, Miss Howes told the court: ‘This is a case of a callous, sustained regime of brutality against a defenceless two-year-old in his own home.
‘Jeremiah was left broken and battered with life-threatening injuries and as his life ebbed away moment by agonising moment, Chevaze McGregor stood by and watched, knowing full well what he had done.’
The court heard how even the investigating police officers were shocked by the brutality inflicted upon Jeremiah.
The court also heard how Regis told police that her partner had ‘anger management difficulties’.
‘He would get so angry and everyone was a bit scared,’ she said.
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