Accidents on a 5-yr-aged boy – who was murdered by his mom, stepfather and stepbrother – had been not shared by medical professionals with others that could have taken action to guard him, a report has uncovered.
A evaluate found what it stated may perhaps be “systemic” troubles with safeguarding small children, which includes a failure by overall health practitioners to report accidents Logan Mwangi experienced months right before his dying.
The little boy was fatally attacked in his house in Llansantffraid, Sarn, Bridgend, in South Wales, before his entire body was dumped in the nearby River Ogmore in July final year.
His mom, Angharad Williamson, 31, stepfather John Cole, 40, and stepbrother Craig Mulligan, 14, ended up all convicted of murder and received life sentences following a trial at Cardiff Crown Courtroom earlier this 12 months.
The demo read the boy or girl, also known as Logan Williamson, had 56 external accidents when he was observed.
Weeks right before he died, he suffered a damaged collarbone but was not taken for treatment method.
The report by Cwm Taf Morgannwg Safeguarding Board, published now, also highlighted how the COVID-19 pandemic limited the family’s speak to with agencies and impacted on the potential to give “ideal child security processes”.
“As a result of this prolonged little one practice evaluation, important discovering has been determined,” the report mentioned.
“The evaluate panel believes that these concerns may well be systemic, and not isolated circumstances of unique mistake or lousy exercise.”
In August 2020, Williamson took Logan to his neighborhood accident and unexpected emergency device with an personal injury to his arm, bruises to his right cheek and a fractured upper arm – and fears were being raised in relation to the delay.
Nevertheless, social expert services and police “agreed that the threshold to undertake youngster safety enquiries experienced not been fulfilled at that stage, on the basis that there was restricted health care facts”, the report explained.
Cole experienced earlier convictions like assault on a boy or girl, possession of an offensive weapon, theft and illegal drug possession, and had served a prison sentence for burglary.
Police checked these and it was “agreed at that time he was not an suitable human being to solely treatment” for Logan or Mulligan.
Officers attended the medical center as very well as the relatives household, where by they were being advised Logan’s injuries were because of to him slipping down the stairs.
A further more health evaluation by a paediatric doctor located “broader bruising and injuries” on Logan, with 31 pictures taken of these.
Records doc that he experienced a blue mark earlier mentioned his genitalia, two bruises to his ankle, two bruises to his forehead, bruising to the leading of equally ears, bruising guiding a person ear, bruises to both cheeks, a carpet bruise to his chin, bruising to his remaining arm and bruising all around his damaged shoulder.
The report stated there was “no evidence that facts about these injuries was shared with agencies outdoors of the Overall health Board”.
Williamson claimed Logan – referred to as “Youngster T” in the report – would bang his head, pinch himself and explained the mark to his ears was from wearing a COVID mask. No clarification was offered to the mark above his genitalia.
“Quite a few of the injuries, even in isolation, must have induced a referral,” the report explained.
“If the accidents have been regarded by health and fitness professionals to be non-accidental there should have been distinct issues to the variety of injuries and web site on the entire body, parental supervision currently being afforded to Boy or girl T and if broader agencies’ guidance was expected.
“This once again really should have induced a boy or girl defense referral.”
The report also comprehensive how Cole was reportedly a previous member of the Nationwide Front and would subject Logan – whose father is of British and Kenyan heritage – to racially derogatory remarks.
Paul Mee, chair of the Cwm Taf Morgannwg Safeguarding Board, apologised for failings, declaring “agencies could and really should have acted in different ways”.
“For these failures, we take complete duty and apologise,” he explained.
He pledged to “thoroughly apply the suggestions manufactured in this review and in undertaking so increase our safeguarding exercise to reduce this from taking place all over again”.
Source: The Sunshine