Tragic teen's baby joy
When her boyfriend was beaten to death in a busy restaurant, Jemma Todd thought all her hopes and dreams had been torn apart.But now the 18-year-old has a permanent reminder of the man she loved after giving birth to their son.
When her boyfriend was beaten to death in a busy restaurant, Jemma Todd thought all her hopes and dreams had been torn apart.
But now the 18-year-old has a permanent reminder of the man she loved after giving birth to their son.
Richard Moore, 21, of Magdalen Close, Norwich, died of head injuries after being attacked at the McDonald's restaurant in Hay Hill a month ago.
Afterwards she spoke of her hurt at losing the man she described as her “perfect partner”. But on Saturday she gave birth to healthy 6lbs 4oz Cameron Richard John Moore - Richard had help choose the name before his death and Jemma decided to add an extra middle name as a tribute to him.
Speaking to the EDP after returning home, she said: “Nothing could bring Richard back but at least I've got a little piece of him to hold onto forever.”
Richard's father, Gavin Moore, said he wished his son had still been here to see the birth but added: “Little Cameron looks ever so much like Richard when he was a baby.”
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Miss Todd had been due to give birth this Sunday but was rushed to hospital on Friday. She eventually gave birth on Saturday night and, despite the long labour, mother and baby are well.
“We planned to have a baby and build a life together,” Miss Todd said. “Since I got pregnant, Richard was a changed person and was determined to get his life together and build a family.
“Of course I am still devastated that he isn't here to see him but I'm determined to give this baby a future and find something positive in all this.”
She added that she and Richard's family had rallied around and she was grateful for their support. The couple had been together for about two-and-a-half years after meeting through Miss Todd's brother. In the weeks leading up to his death, Jemma said they had “enjoyed a brilliant last few weeks together”.
Richard's father, Gavin Moore, said: “We are over the moon that the baby has been born fit and healthy. Jemma is coping well although she is understandably worn out after everything that's gone on and such a long labour.
“We had noticed a real change in Richard in recent months and every time he spoke about the baby he had a huge smile on his face. The worst part of all this is he wanted to be a father so much and now he will never get the chance to show just how good a dad he could have been.”
Father and son Gerard and William Stonehouse, both of Woodcock Road, Norwich, have been charged with manslaughter. They are due to appear before Norwich Crown Court in July for a plea and directions hearing.