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49 Years Later, Facebook Helped Solve The Mysterious Death Of A 19-Month-Old Baby

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In 1968, the sudden death of 19-month-old Paul Booth was ruled an accident, which aligned with the story the boy's stepfather, David Dearlove, told the authorities.

Little did they know that Dearlove was harboring a chilling secret that would not come to light for almost 50 years.

Evening Gazette

Two years later, Dearlove and baby Paul's mother, Carol, broke up. He put the child's death behind him, remarried, and moved from Stockton-on-Tees to a new home in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, U.K.

However, there was one person, Peter Booth, who continued to live with the haunting memory of something he saw the night Paul died. Peter, Paul's brother, claims that Dearlove was responsible for the fatal injuries his brother sustained. He revealed that the abusive man allegedly grabbed the boy by his ankles and tossed him into the fireplace, which resulted in severe head trauma.

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Peter was only 4-years-old when the incident occurred, so he never had a chance to share his story. Since the coroner ruled the death an accident, and Dearlove moved away, Peter lost hope in getting justice for Paul - until he spotted a photograph on Facebook in 2015.

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