Child killer Emma Tustin was not killed in prison, as has been confirmed.
The story gained momentum after rumors spread widely on social media that the murderer of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes was attacked and killed by another prisoner in jail.
Posts appeared on Facebook earlier this week stating that 32-year-old Tustin, who was sentenced to 29 years in prison for the murder of her stepson Arthur, had been attacked at HMP Peterborough.
The false claims surfaced on social media but have since been removed. reports Coventry Live.
Links to the posts now say: “Wrong information. Checked by independent fact checkers. “
A Facebook post reads: “Emma Tustin was found dead in her cell after Ben [sic] attacked by a wing cleaner who is also a prisoner. She was reportedly stabbed with a knife over 20 times [sic] homemade prison knife. “
The rumors were investigated by Reuters’ Fact Check team and dismissed as a joke.
It reads: “Emma Tustin, a British woman convicted of the murder of her six-year-old stepson Arthur Labinjo-Hughes, is still alive and claims about her death in a British prison are bogus.
“The false claim has spread on social media.
“Tustin is now incarcerated at HMP Peterborough in Cambridgeshire.
“Since then, it has been claimed in social media posts that the 32-year-old was killed by a fellow inmate.
“However, Sodexo, who runs HMP Peterborough, told Reuters that this was not true.”
Reuters also said it was not the first time a false claim about Tustin’s welfare has been circulated.
It is said that Facebook users falsely claimed earlier this month that she was hospitalized after being forced to eat packets of salt.
Tustin was sentenced to at least 29 years in prison on December 3 by Coventry Crown Court.
Her partner and Arthur’s father, Thomas Hughes, was sentenced to 21 years in prison for manslaughter.
The killers will have their prison sentences reviewed, it has been announced.
The judgments were forwarded to the appeals court because they were too mild, Attorney General Suella Braverman said.
Arthur was left with an irreconcilable brain injury while he was left in the sole care of his father’s partner, Tustin.
Tustin was found guilty of murder by assaulting Arthur in the hallway of her home on Cranmore Road in Solihull on June 16, 2020.
Arthur, whose body was also covered in 130 bruises, died in the hospital the next day.