Mother reveals her son has caused £6,000 worth of damage

Is this Britain’s MOST mischievous child? Mother reveals her son, three, has been dubbed ‘wreck-it Ralph’ after causing £6,000 worth of damage – including destroying 12 TVs and nearly setting the house on fire

  • Shyama Underwood, 35, from Northampton, is mother to Jaxon-Carter, three
  • Stay at home mum says he’s caused £6,000 worth of damage since could walk 
  • Reveals everyone in their family calls the mischievous tot ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ 

A mother whose son caused £6,000-worth of damage by destroying televisions, emptying cupboards and redecorating rooms with paint and sharpie pens has been dubbed the real-life Wreck-It Ralph.

Shyama Underwood, 35, from Northampton, hasn’t been able to take her eyes off her youngest son, Jaxon-Carter, three, after he started a warpath of destruction from the moment he could walk at 10 months.  

The mother-of-four believes he must be one of the UK’s most mischievous tots and says telling him he can’t do something will only make him prove her wrong.

She said: ‘Everyone in the family calls him Wreck-It Ralph [Ralph is a heavy-handed wrecking riot with a heart from the Disney movie] because nothing is safe in his path. From the moment he started walking I’ve not been able to turn my back on him, even for a second without him getting up to mischief.’

Shyama Underwood, 35, from Northampton, revealed her family has dubbed her son ‘Wreck-it Ralph’ because he’s caused £6,000 worth of damage since being able to walk. Pictured, Shyama with son Jaxon-Carter

Shyama said she’s unable to turn her back on Jaxon-Carter (pictured) without him getting up to mischief, revealing he’s destroyed 12 televisions in the last 18 month

Shyama said Jaxon-Carter almost set the house on fire by putting his toy in the oven while she was cooking. Pictured: Jaxon covered in butter

‘We’ve been through 12 TVs in the last 18 months where he’s destroyed them by pulling them off the unit or thrown something at them.

‘Just last week he nearly set the house on fire by putting his toy in the oven while I was cooking dinner – I came back and the oven was in flames. He’s flooded the bathroom twice.’

‘He redecorated my entire bathroom with grey paint and another time he redecorated himself and the walls with white emulsion which I had purposely hidden from him.

‘One night I woke up in the middle of the night and heard him moving around.


Last year, Jaxon covered the living room in soil, redecorated their home in paint (pictured) and climbed on animals during a farmyard day out

  • Climbed into animal pens on farmyard day out – MARCH 2019
  • Poured soil all over the living room – OCTOBER 2019
  • Redecorated his room with Sharpie – NOVEMBER 2019
  • Redecorated the bathroom with grey paint – FEBRUARY 2020
  • Redecorated the corridor with white emulsion – MAY 2020
  • Flooded the bathroom – FEBRUARY 2021
  • Poured four pints of milk all over the living room – FEBRUARY 2021
  • Set the oven on fire by cooking a toy – MARCH 2021
  • Destroyed 12 TVs and a games console – nearly one a month for the last 18 months

The family have spent £2,500 on new televisions over the past 18 months. Pictured: A TV Jaxon broke


  • £2,600 on TVs
  • £1,500 on redecorating/repairs
  • £1,400 on professional cleaners
  • £500 on replacing damaged items (food, clothes, toys, make-up)

‘I went to check on him and he had covered his entire bedroom and himself in blue sharpie.

‘When he pulled the plant out of its pot and poured the soil all over the living room I had literally just got a new sofa and carpets.

‘He was just staring at me with these white little eyes behind his black filthy face. I have to laugh otherwise I’d just cry.’

As well as having a keen eye for interior decorating, Jaxon also likes to bend the rules on days out, clambering into places that are off limits such as animal pens or covering himself in mud. 

Shyama said when Jaxon covered their home in soil, she had to laugh to stop herself from crying. Pictured: Jaxon playing with his mum’s lotions

Shyama who has three other boys, Keaton, 16, Regan, 14, and Oakley, seven, said Jaxon (pictured) is more determined when told off

Shyama revealed Jaxon likes to bend the rules, including covering himself in mud and climbing on animals during family days out. Pictured: The tot in the washing machine

However, Shyama who has three other boys, Keaton, 16, Regan, 14, and Oakley, seven, says she has to be proud of Jaxon, who overcame sepsis from a virus at four months and has since been a quick developer. 

The stay at home mum said: ‘If you tell him somewhere is off limits or that he can’t do something, it only makes him more determined to prove that he can.

‘My two eldest boys were only two years apart so I thought I was well trained after dealing with their antics but Jaxon gives them all a run for their money.

Shyama said Jaxon (pictured) had a tough start when he was born and they didn’t know if he would pull through after being diagnosed with sepsis. Pictured left: Jaxon with his mum, Shyama and older brother, Oakley,  seven

Shyama revealed Jaxon has been quick to learn everything from crawling at five months and walking around at 10. Pictured: Jaxon in the bath with clothes on 

Jaxon (pictured) climbed underneath the gap to get into the animal pens during a family day out to the farm

Shyama said Jaxon looks like butter wouldn’t melt ‘but it definitely would’. Pictured: Jaxon covered in soil 

‘We went to a farm and he started trying to climb underneath the gap to get into the animal pens.

‘I kept pulling him back out but as soon as he got a second out of sight he was in and laid down next to a goat.

‘He had a tough start when he was born, he had sepsis and we didn’t know if he would pull through but since then he’s been quick to learn everything from crawling at five months and walking around at 10.

‘He looks like butter wouldn’t melt but it definitely would – I know because he’s pulled it out of the fridge and covered himself in it!’ 


Sepsis occurs when the body reacts to an infection by attacking its own organs and tissues.

Some 44,000 people die from sepsis every year in the UK. Worldwide, someone dies from the condition every 3.5 seconds. 

Sepsis has similar symptoms to flu, gastroenteritis and a chest infection.

These include:

  • Slurred speech or confusion
  • Extreme shivering or muscle pain
  • Passing no urine in a day
  • Severe breathlessness
  • It feels like you are dying
  • Skin mottled or discoloured

Symptoms in children are:

  • Fast breathing
  • Fits or convulsions
  • Mottled, bluish or pale skin
  • Rashes that do not fade when pressed
  • Lethargy
  • Feeling abnormally cold

Under fives may be vomiting repeatedly, not feeding or not urinating for 12 hours. 

Anyone can develop sepsis but it is most common in people who have recently had surgery, have a urinary catheter or have stayed in hospital for a long time.

Other at-risk people include those with weak immune systems, chemotherapy patients, pregnant women, the elderly and the very young.

Treatment varies depending on the site of the infection but involves antibiotics, IV fluids and oxygen, if necessary.

Source: UK Sepsis Trust and NHS Choices

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