Mum and stepdad of boy, 5, pulled dead from river in court over his murder

Logan Mwangi was found with a torn liver and internal head injury (Picture: PA/South Wales Police)

The mother and stepfather of a five-year-old boy who was pulled dead from a Welsh river have appeared in court over his murder.

Logan Mwangi, also known as Logan Williamson, was found on Saturday with multiple injuries including a torn liver, an internal head injury and a broken collarbone.

His mum Angharad Williamson, 30, and stepdad John Cole, 39, today separately appeared before magistrates in Cardiff.

Cole, from Bridgend, is charged with the murder of Logan and perverting the course of justice. He stared at the floor throughout the hearing while wearing a grey prison tracksuit.

Williamson, also from Bridgend, hung her head and did not look up as she appeared in the dock charged with perverting the course of justice over her son’s death.

A 13-year-old boy, who cannot be named due to his age, also appeared in court charged with perverting the course of justice before he was remanded to local authority care.

All three will appear at Newport Crown Court on Friday.

Stepdad John Cole and mum Angharad Williamson today appeared in court over Logan’s murder (Picture: Athena)
Logan was described by family friends as ‘kind, funny and clever’ (Picture: Dimitris Legakis/Athena Pictures)
Cole and Williamson got engaged less than three months ago, said neighbours (Picture: Wales News Service)

Logan’s body was found in Ogmore River, near Pandy Park, in Bridgend on Saturday, after police were called to a report of a missing child at about 5.45am.

The little boy was taken to the Princess of Wales Hospital, where it was confirmed that he had died.

Tributes have poured in for little Logan, who family friends described as ‘kind, funny, polite, handsome and clever’ on social media.

Logan lived in a flat with his family in Sarn just 400 yards away from the river where he was found dead.

Cole and Williamson got engaged less than three months ago and Logan was ‘beyond excited’ to become a pageboy for the ceremony planned for next year, said neighbours.

Little Logan pictured by Ogmore River, where he was found dead on Saturday (Picture: Athena)
Police tape at a property in the Sarn area of Bridgend, south Wales, near to where Logan was found dead in the Ogmore River (Picture: PA)
Hundreds of floral tributes have been left near the scene where Logan’s body was found in Sarn (Picture: Matthew Horwood)

Detective Chief Inspector Mark O’Shea, said: ‘This is a very harrowing case for all involved and I extend my deepest sympathies to Logan’s family and friends.

‘This remains an extensive and sensitive investigation by the Major Crime Investigation Team and I am grateful to the local community for its support and understanding while we have continued to gather evidence across several scenes.

‘Legal proceedings are now underway and I want to remind everyone to avoid speculation which may prejudice this investigation.

‘We continue to appeal to anyone who has any information in relation to the incident to contact the Major Crime Investigation Team.’

Cole is charged with the murder of his stepson, while Williamson is charged with perverting the course of justice (Picture: Athena)
Tributes left at the scene in the Sarn area of Bridgend (Picture: PA)

Young friends of little Logan have been among those leaving hundreds of tributes including flowers, cards, and soft toys at a riverside bridge near where he was found.

One note attached to flowers said: ‘RIP Logan, such a beautiful little soul taken way too soon. You will be dearly missed. Sleep tight my lovely. Until we meet again!’

Another read: ‘Such a brave, beautiful, caring little boy that was taken way too soon. I will never forget you and I miss you more than I can put into words.’

Anyone with information is urged to contact police on 101.

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