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Baby P and the Death Toll Keeps Rising. 52 + Named Children Now Dead from Social Services Failures

13th Dec 2008 | in Child Protection

I wanted to do an update as the shocking numbers grow on children dying from Social Services failures.  With the numbers rising let us not forget that doesn’t include the children that are dying IN social services care and the DCSF report shows that Children placed in care are three time more likely to die than others and a DCSF report showed that 800 children have died in care in the last ten years which is on average 2 a week so where does this leave children in need of protection who are then placed in care and should be safe from harm and neglect?.



Baby P - Haringey

Tyra Henry - 21 mnths old - murdered by her dad - her brother Tyrone whose injuries – including fractures of thighs and skull, retinal haemorrhages, and brain damage causing fits – had left the boy blind and with a learning difficulty

Maria Caldwell - Social Services, NSPCC and Police did nothing = Maria Colwell died on 6th January 1973, aged 7

Jasmin Beckford, NSPCC, Social Services failures = Jasmine had been locked in a small bedroom with body-building weights tied to her broken legs to stop her moving. Emaciated and deformed, she weighed just 23 pounds. She had 40 injuries to her face and body – her ribs were also broken and she had ulcers, burns and cuts to her leg.

28 June 1944, Dennis O’Neill = Foster care abuse complaints ignored by Social Services - he died from the abuse

Carly Taylor - her childminder wrote directly to the Director of Social Services, having failed to persuade the senior social worker that Carly was in danger after neighbours and relatives were ignored by social services

Stephen Meurs (1975)

Heidi Koseda (1984),

Jasmine Lorrington was 4 when she died in Brent on 5th July 1984.

20-month old Martin Nicoll67 injuries

8-yr-old Victoria Climbié kettle of boiling water tipped over her head. Her toes were struck with a hammer. She was beaten with a bicycle chain, belt buckle and had cigarettes stubbed out on her body. She lived in a freezing bath. On 25th February 2000 Victoria died of hypothermia and multiple organ failure, with 128 horrific injuries to her body, after suffering months of horrific abuse and neglect in a tiny flat in Tottenham, London.

Lauren Wright aged 6 was found dead on 6th May 2000 after suffering a fatal blow to the stomach from her stepmother, which caused her digestive system to collapsed

In January 2002 Ainlee Labonte/Walker, of Plaistow, east London, aged two years and 7 months, was starved, punched, scalded, burnt and tortured to death by her parents. She had 64 scars, scalds and bruises on her body, including cigarette burns. The inquiry identified a “lack of communication” between agencies.

John Gray, police failures just 21-months old, suffered more than 200 injuries before he died. John suffered a series of beatings from his mother’s partner. He had more then 200 injuries to 92 parts of his body. His liver had been ruptured, he had a fractured arm, broken ribs and injuries to his testicles. police ignored natural fathers complaints

Tiffany Wright aged 3 was found dead in September 2007 in an insect-infested room in the Sheffield pub run by her mother and stepfather.A review into her death found social services never visited the pub despite a midwife’s fears that their children were left alone in unfit conditions.

Bristol have been criticised for information sharing and assessment failings in the case of a 10-year-old girl who died following years of neglect. A serious case review into the care received by “Child A”, who died from a heart attack after falling into a bath of scalding hot water, said professionals failed to grasp the level of neglect endured by her and her seven siblings. Though the children were placed on the child protection register from May 2003 to January 2004, they received no other systematic assessment of their needs, while professionals treated significant risk indicators in isolation, failing to build up a picture of the family situation.

Police and social services failed to visit seven-year-old Khyra Ishaq in the four months before she apparently starved to death, despite an initial “welfare check” on the family

An inquiry into the care of a seven-year-old girl who was shot dead while staying with a convicted crack dealer has uncovered a catalogue of failures by social services, children’s guardians and immigration officials.Toni-Ann Byfield was under protection of Birmingham City Council. Police believe Toni-Ann was murdered to prevent her from identifying Mr Byfield’s killer.

A coroner accused social workers of a “gross, total and complete” failure to protect a 13-month-old girl who died in squalor. Sophie Casey’s grandparents, a neighbour and a hospital had warned them about her mother’s neglect and the one-armed heroin addict who lived with them.

Tyrell Rowe 19-months old, died in hospital on 17 October from brain damage after being repeatedly punched in the face. Hackney Council social services had been supervising the baby, but had not examined him during that period.Judge Anthony Morris criticised the council for not making public an internal investigation into the death. ‘Lack of protection’ “I find it regrettable because the purpose of such an investigation must be how such failures occurred and to prevent them happening again,” he said. “I am disappointed by the apparent lack of protection given to Tyrell by the social services department.”

A baby girl murdered by her sadistic father could have survived if health and social workers had taken action over signs of illtreatment, a damning report said yesterday. Jessica Randall was just 54 days old when she died. Her brief life was dominated by systematic and horrific abuse at the hands of her 33-year-old father Andrew, who was jailed for her murder.A report found that both social workers and hospital staff failed to classify her as a child “at risk”, even though concerns over her safety were raised a number of times.Jessica was seen on ten separate occasions by up to 30 healthcare professionals, including doctors, health visitors and nurses.

April 26, 2005, Kimberley Baker died,” he said. “She should by that time have been a thriving, lively 11-month-old girl and she was not. “She was a pitiful, seriously emaciated mite, dehydrated and starved with severe ulcerations to her buttocks. “Her weight was that of a six-week-old baby. Her skin fell loosely around her. Photographs of her are truly shocking. “Her chance of a decent life or any life in this world had been snuffed out by the appalling negligence of you two. Despite the concerns over Kimberley the health worker did not go upstairs to see the baby.

Social workers and police were accused of disastrous failures that led to the murder of a month-old baby. Luigi Askew was left at the mercy of his violent father Duncan Mills, who had a prison record and a history of assaulting girlfriends. A social worker and a health visitor called at the baby’s home the day before he was beaten to death by his father last May. They reported the child was “developing well”.

Vivian Gamor, 29, murdered Antoine, 10, and suffocating Kenniece, three, in Hackney, east London. Judge criticised a council after it allowed a mentally ill woman access to her children before she killed them.

Sophie Merry, three, had a ruptured intestine and 170 bruises

Chelsea Pickering, 11 months, died after neglect

Kimberley Carlile, four, died after being starved and beaten by her stepfather, Nigel Hall. Greenwich social workers were allowed only to peep through a glass panel at the top of a bedroom door. The inquiry recommended that responses be made immediately to any referral suggestive of child abuse.

Doreen Mason, 16 months, died after her mother and boyfriend bruised and burnt her and broke her leg but failed to have her injuries treated. The inquiry said her social worker was inexperienced and unsupervised and that Southwark social services had a “siege mentality”.

Leanne White, three, was beaten to death by her stepfather, Colin Sleate. An inquiry said Nottinghamshire social services had not responded properly to warnings from her grandmother and neighbours.

Chelsea Brown, two, was battered to death by her father, Robert Brown. Her Derbyshire social worker visited 27 times in the 10 weeks before her death. A paediatrician said some of her injuries had “no plausible explanation”. That should have triggered a case conference and police involvement.

Delayno Mullings-Sewell and his two-year-old brother, Romario,Manchester social services staff faced questions

Ryan Hawkins, 4, and stabbed his 14-year-old daughter Donna more than a dozen times.  Kirklees council ignored daughters who told them their dad was violent and Christopher Hawkins murdered his son and stabbed his daughter

Alisha Allen aged 5 months, A CATALOGUE of errors by care staff contributed to the death of five-month-old Alisha Allen, a report has found. The helpless youngster died from serious head injuries in January 2007.

Baby A”  10 months old - died last December in Doncaster

Amy Howson aged 16 months died from over 40 injuries including her spine being snapped by her dad James Howson 25

Alfie Goddard aged 3 months old, murdered by his father Craig Goddard, 25, in May


Aaron Gilbert 13-month-old = Swansea Social Services failed to act on child abuse allegations that led to Aaron being murdered in 2005 and who was subjected to a torrent of abuse from Andrew Lloyd, aged 23

Toni Dales, three, died in February 1992.
Toni died from repeated blows to the head despite reports by nursery teachers of unexplained bruising and a plea for help from her mother. No case conference had been called by social workers, who were under pressure. Her case had been formally closed a month before her death.

Shirley Woodcock 1982 3 years Blow or blows to the head

Lucie Gates 1979 2 years Burned to death mother

Maria Mehmedagi 1978 11 months Massive head injury and killed by father

Malcolm Page 1979 aged 14 months old

Stephen Menheniott Jan 1976 19 months old

David Naseby Died aged 4 months

Gavin Mabey aged 2 yrs 5 months

Neil Howlett Died aged 2 yrs 1 month

Darynn Clarke Died aged 3 yrs 1 month

Claire Haddon 1979 Died aged 14 months Extreme violence -

1973 Graham Bagnall Died aged 2 years old (Shropshire)

1978 Karen Spencer Died aged 1 year 4 months (Derbyshire)


  • On 16th Dec 2008 at 07:46 AM michaelmac said...

    There will be more I amm sorry to say because those in power support the cover up of abuse of children, Teresa you are an example of that cover up

  • On 21st Dec 2008 at 01:48 PM Dai Pugh said...

    see the comment I sent you.

    aaron Gilbert [died may 2005] must be added to this list.

    SS were contacted by a relative weeks before. systemic failures in another abuse case had been drawn to their attention and south wales months before and warned that a climbie type death would occur if procedures were not followed.

    unfortunately for aaron this warning was ignored.

    such a beautiful happy boy from the pictures published yet who will never see the inside of a school let alone a retirement. the head of children’s services who was warned in writing has just retired

  • On 21st Dec 2008 at 06:52 PM James Williams said...

    Completely sickening, but unfortunately truth and reality often are.

  • On 21st Dec 2008 at 07:30 PM Teresa said...

    The situation is alot worst than people can imagine and social services and the NSPCC seem to be messing up left right and centre.

  • On 25th Dec 2008 at 12:07 PM michaelmac said...

    In the new year there are going to be massive attacks on government ministers and their advisers, As some of their judgements beggers understanding,The new head of Harringey baby dead and another child in his last post, And how many more failures did not see the light of day ???????????????

  • On 26th Dec 2008 at 02:47 PM James Williams said...

    I think there is too much collusion (intentional or otherwise) amongst agencies who don’t want to cross each other.

    Protection of children in more ancient times was a community wide thing with parents, extended family, friends and even strangers having a role to protect children and watch out for their safety.

    Today, everyone is afraid to do anything in case they are accused of something.

    About 4 years ago I was on Southsea beach and a 2 year old girl was knocked down by low waves (big to her) whilst paddling. Her family was distracted by setting up their camp. The girl was in difficulties and I had to make the decision whether to risk being accused of attempting to molest her over saving her life. Fortunately the family were grateful when I picked her up and handed her back to them, but it’s not something anyone should have to worry about and children have been known to have died because of this kind of thing.

  • On 1st Jan 2009 at 07:27 PM Sharon Bradford said...

    Hey michaelmac,

    Long time.  Hope your keeping well and still doing the good work.

    Have a great 2009

    Aka bugalugs1970

  • On 1st Jan 2009 at 07:32 PM Sharon Bradford said...


    Jasmine Beckford and Jasmine Lorrington are the same child, Beckford was the father, Lorrington the mother.

    A bit of info on Heidi koseda, she was starved to death by her mother, Rosemary Koseda nee Rickard, and her step-father Nicholas Price.  It is thought that she died in the latter months of 1983, her body was found in a locked bedroom in Jan 1984.

    If you like i can send you a list of names and briefs to add to this tragic list.

    Keep up the good work.


  • On 1st Jan 2009 at 08:30 PM Teresa said...

    Hi Sharon that would be great thankyou. I have info on their deaths etc but felt it was distressing for visitors to see the full info but happy to add where needed.

    Thats very useful information thankyou and any others you can name is always helpful to expose the serious problems

    Hi James

    People arescared because pedophillia has grown so much curtesy of the governments ignorance that we as parents are now so protective it is easy to fear even a good samaritan. One good samaritan in a carcrash recent news (in blogs) is being sued so sadly unless things change like is not going to be the same again

  • On 12th Jan 2009 at 06:53 PM DA said...

    My great nephew is in this list.  I thank you for highlighting these cases in this way.  I just read about Amy Howson and cried. Why are these children left at the hands of these people when some are known to be violent?  Yet SS take children away from other people who don’t appear to have harmed their children?  This is a nightmare.

  • On 14th Jan 2009 at 03:48 AM James Williams said...

    What happens to these poor children turns my stomach and revolts me. I think if there is a devil, then this is a classic example of Satan at work.
    I have been drawn into the political world because of appalling injustices that go on in our own society. Each case is no easier to bear.
    I try not to dwell on these acts of barbarity because it tears me emotionally.

  • On 22nd Jan 2009 at 09:15 PM jill said...

    To be quite frank I dont think it is just social services fault as they havent actually killed the children. Perhaps society is to blame to some extent with young parents facing mother/fatherhood without the support of their family and community to support them. I also believe that we are so caught up in a culture of blame that we are afraid to stand up for others. This is most evident in social care. Where is the gut reaction of the professional services? and the guts to report and stand accountable? I agree with James Williams (above) that we should be given power to intervene in situations where we think that children are in danger without the threat of a legal battle.
    I think there are lessons to be learnt from most of these cases of abuse and thank you for highlighting them. The people who inflict these terrible injuries to young children are also the ofspring of others and perhaps in need of a little or a lot of support from thier family or family substitute and community but are not getting it? 
    I thank you for bringing these little ones to my attention.

  • On 6th Feb 2009 at 01:30 PM Fine said...

    I admire the valuable information you offer in your articles. I will bookmark your blog and have my children check up here often. I am quite sure they will learn lots of new stuff here than anybody else

  • On 7th Feb 2009 at 02:20 PM Nick Langford said...

    I’ve been trying to compile a similar list; do you have any dates for the undated cases here, Teresa?  Or more details of the prepetrator where not stated?  Incidentally Stephen Menheniott was 19 years old, not 19 months.

    What I’m particularly interested in is the legislation which follows these deaths; e.g. the Children Act 1948 followed Dennis O’Neil’s death, Children Act 1975 followed that of Maria Colwell, Children Act 1989 came after the Cleveland inquiry, Children Act 2004 followed Victora Climbie inquiry; new guidelines were introduced after Tyra Henry’s death. It seems to me that the legislation is often a knee-jerk reaction and inappropriate, and certainly not suited to the majority of children and parents.

  • On 14th Mar 2009 at 05:38 PM Barbara said...

    Hi there
    i am trying to locate information about the death of Lucie gates in 1979
    Can anyone tell me what the official review was called?
    thanks Barbara

  • On 20th Mar 2009 at 06:39 AM Denise Askew said...


    I found something but how significant not sure in a book ‘Beyond Blame’ by Peter Reder?

    Have you tried contacting local authority that would have dealt with a review?  Trouble is it’s a long time ago.

    Perhaps local library can help?

  • On 21st Mar 2009 at 10:43 AM jilldore said...

    Im not sure if this is what your looking for: Report of the panel of inquiry. London Borough of Bexley and Bexley Area Health Authority Nov 1982

  • On 26th Mar 2009 at 10:52 PM Daniel said...

    Im the brother of Shirley Woodcock, and in response to Jill, yes Social Services are to blame in many of these cases and such tragedies could have and should have been avoided if they had carried out their jobs properly. Especially in the case of the death of my sister although i can’t comment on the rest. Social Services were the ones that placed myself and my sister with a foster family without carrying out checks on the man who incidently had a long history of violence. Social Services were the ones that failed to carry out house visits when they were supposed to, they were the ones that ignored the huge amount of bruises myself and my sister had from beatings even after it being reported to them by our nursery and other people. The list of their faults in my sisters case goes on, no they weren’t the ones that picked her up by the legs and swung her round and slammed her head into the side of her cot, but in my eyes they are just as guilty for allowing it. And do they care about the pain and suffering they leave behind by their negligence, no they don’t, they just try to pass blame onto others and hide records which weren’t even recorded properly in the first place.

  • On 26th Mar 2009 at 11:19 PM Teresa said...

    Hi Daniel

    I am so sorry to hear about your sister and of your loss xxx

    Id like to talk to you if possible and would like to hear from you

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    I agree with you Daniel and the loss of your sister is tragic and I applaud you for speaking up. You are truly an inspiration to others and your sister would be proud of you


  • On 27th Mar 2009 at 06:55 AM D A said...

    Daniel, heart goes out to you x
    Totally agree, they haven’t a clue as to the devastation they leave.  People’s lives change forever. They think they know best.
    My niece’s case - I was even told that they blamed us for her and her children being in a violent situation.
    I resent that as the prison, parole and probation let him out and failed to keep an eye on him.  None of us knew he had a history of violence, they did.
    Social had their concerns didn’t bother going to the police records did they? Didn’t bother coming to family, did they? 
    Yet family are to blame.  What do I say?  Denial on their part, scary.

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