A mum accused of killing her nine-year-old son to death told officers that the boy had "banged his head in the bath," a court has heard.
Police bodycam footage, which was played for the jury, shows the moment Carla Scott was questioned, while investigators descended on the home in Droitwich, Worcestershire.
Scott, 35, told an investigating officer "I think he banged his head when he was in the bath because he's got a [bump] on his head.”
Coventry Crown Court heard that Alfie Steele had suffered over 50 different injuries before his body was found in the bath in February 2021.
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Prosecutors claim that Alfie had been hit with belts and flip flops as well as "dunked" in cold water baths and made to stand outside and have cold water thrown over him.
Prosecutor Michelle Heeley KC told the court previously: "In short just before 14.30 hrs on Thursday 18th February 2021, Carla Scott called 999 and requested an ambulance.
"She explained to the operator that Alfie had fallen asleep in the bath, had gone under the surface and though she had taken him out and was trying to resuscitate him.
"Alfie was not breathing she said."
Ms Heeley told the court: "Alfie had not simply fallen asleep in a comfortable bath.
"He had been deliberately and repeatedly assaulted, beaten, and put into and held under a cold bath as a punishment, and that unlawful course of conduct, that unnecessary punishment, was carried out jointly by Carla Scott and Dirk Howell.
"It was their actions that led to his death."
In the bodycam footage, Scott can be seen making a phone call to Howell to ask him where he was.
She can be heard telling him him: “[Alfie’s] gone up to hospital, they won't let me go up there yet.
"There's loads of police, they've got detectives and everything."
She ends the phone call by saying "I will do, I love you too" and makes a kissing sound down the phone, the court heard.
Scott's partner Howell, of Newtown, Birmingham, denies murder, manslaughter, cruelty or causing or allowing the death of Alfie.
Scott denies murder, manslaughter, causing or allowing the death of Alfie and child cruelty offences against Alfie and other children.
The trial continues.
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