THE heartbroken gran of a three-year-old boy crushed to death in a car footwell today said “my daughter has broken me” after she was released from prison early.
Alfie Lamb was killed when his mum’s evil boyfriend Stephen Waterson slammed the Audi A4 seat into him because he wouldn’t stop crying.
Adrian Hoare was jailed for two years and nine months in May for child cruelty and assault for putting the little boy into the car footwell.
But the 24-year-old mum was released from in October – 18 months early – from HMP Bronzefield in Ashford, Surrey after spending 12 months on remand waiting her trial.
She is now living in a bail hostel 100 miles from Chatham and working in a McDonald’s, The Sun Online can reveal.
Heartbroken Janis, 53, says the pain is still raw after losing her adorable grandson – and still cannot forgive her own daughter for the tragedy in Croydon, South London.
Breaking down in tears, Janis told the Sun Online: “I will always feel hatred towards her for what she’s done.
I will always feel hatred towards her for what she’s done
Alfie Lamb's heartbroken gran Janis Templeton-Hoare
“She has taken everything from me. Alfie was my life.
“Adrian has literally broken me.”
Janis wears a locket containing Alfie’s locks from his first haircut, and a framed photo of him adorns her living room wall – with a white rose and an angel hanging on it.
She sobs: “I feel like I’m serving a life sentence because I’ve got to live with the torture of not having Alfie.”
The former kitchen assistant revealed she had seen Hoare once since she had been freed from jail, saying: “I was relieved to see her, but I was still angry as well.
“I want to build bridges with her because I think she has realised what she has done, and I think she does regret it.
“We speak on the phone a lot but I can only talk to her for ten minutes – then I make an excuse to get off. “It’s still hard to talk to her.”
Janis said she would not spend Christmas with her daughter, still struggling after she refused to let her attend Alfie’s last rites or funeral.
The grandmother said instead she clung to memories of little Alfie.
She said: “Alfie would be five now – he would understand what Christmas is all about.
“The hardest thing at this time of year is going out and seeing little kids out telling their nannies what they want, and that they want to go to see Father Christmas.
“He should still be here and we should be doing those things together.
“I can’t even walk into toy shops now – whenever Alfie used to come here, we’d go to them and he’d say, ‘I want that, Nanny’. He was just an everyday kid.
A LONELY CHRISTMAS
“But I can’t have that because of my daughter and Stephen.”
As tears stream down her face at her home in Chatham, Kent, Janis adds: “I just want the pleasure of watching his little face as he’s opening his presents.
“Every Christmas is going to be so hard, because I’ll just be waiting for him to come through the door and say, ‘hello Nanny’.
“This year it’ll just be me and my friend here. I wasn’t even going to put the tree up, but I have because Alfie chose it. It reminds me of him.”
The last Christmas Janis got to spend with Alfie was 2017.
She spoiled him rotten, buying him dozens of gifts including Lego and a remote-control car which was his favourite.
“He just walked in and didn’t know what to open first,” Janis said.
“He must’ve had about 40 presents under my tree.
“He would sit and play with that remote-control car for hours. It was a lovely Christmas.”
But just weeks after enjoying Christmas as a family, three-year-old Alfie was killed.
He was rammed by Waterson, 26 – the adopted son of former Tory minister Nigel – while in the footwell of his Audi A4 convertible.
Waterson became enraged by Alfie crying and began reversing the seat into him, causing crush asphyxia.
Alfie had been put in the footwell by his mother Adrian Hoare – something she did frequently – after a shopping trip with pals in Sutton, South London, on February 1, 2018.
He collapsed on the drive home to nearby Croydon, and died in hospital three days later.
‘I STILL TALK TO HIM’
Janis said: “I’ve not been able to work since he died. I’ve suffered with awful depression.
“I even talk to him sometimes. If I’ve lost something, I’ll say, ‘Alfie, where have you hidden it?’
“If anyone heard me, they’d think I’m crazy.”
Waterson was caged for seven-and-a-half years in November after finally admitting Alfie’s manslaughter – months after a jury failed to reach a verdict in a trial.
Hoare and Alfie lived with Janis before she met nightclub worker Waterson shortly before Alfie turned three.
Janis said Hoare doted on Alfie until he became a toddler – and then lost interest in being a mother, finding it difficult to cope.
Alfie would be five now – he would understand what Christmas is all about
Janis said: “I just wish, when she couldn’t cope with Alfie, she’d just have said to me, ‘Mum, can you look after him for a few days?’
“I’d have done it in the blink of an eye.
“I loved having him round me all the time. He was such a character.”
Alfie – who was just 3ft and weighed two-and-a-half stone when he was killed – is Hoare’s son from a previous relationship.
His biological father, Richard Lamb, was violent and torched Hoare’s flat when they split.
Janis says evil Waterson “did not care” about Alfie during his romance with Hoare, which has since ended.
She insists he will never regret his actions.
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Janis said of Waterson: “I hope someone takes something that means as much to him as Alfie meant to me.
“He’s already served two years, he will do another two and a half then he’ll be out.
“He probably won’t even be 30. He’ll still have his life, but Alfie doesn’t have his anymore.”