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Urgent investigations are taking place into social services and the police after the deaths of 2boys

14th Nov 2008 | in Child Protection

Jael Mullings, 21, is believed to have stabbed her children, Romaria Mullings-Sewell, two, and three-month-old Delayno.

The children’s bodies were discovered at the family home in Cheetham Hill, Manchester, on Wednesday evening. The mother has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act.

Manchester City Council is now reviewing why the troubled young mother no longer had a social worker, although the family was known to social services.

And the police’s involvement is also being examined after it was revealed officers called at the house just hours before the brothers were killed.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) launched an investigation last night, an hour after the council announced its own review of social services’ involvement in the tragedy.

Both children, described as “gorgeous” and “beautiful”, were stabbed in the stomach. Police are expected to release post-mortem examination results later.

The Mullings family previously had a social worker but not at the time of the children’s death.

The council said with an investigation under way it was “not appropriate” to explain why and when contact was ended with social workers or say when the family was last seen by social services. The council declined to answer further questions.

But the local authority confirmed the family was not currently on the “at risk” child protection register and released a statement saying that, while known to the council’s children’s services, they were not “currently involved” with them.

Police found the children’s bodies at the family’s home in Kilmington Drive, Cheetham Hill, at around 5.45pm on Wednesday.

But hours earlier, at around 1.50pm, police were alerted by a call from a local doctor’s surgery with reports of “concern for the welfare” of the boys’ mother.

Police visited Ms Mullings’ home around an hour later but there was nobody in and they did not enter the property.

Officers searched the area and visited the children’s grandmother to try to find Ms Mullings, who was described as in a “distressed state”.

It is understood Ms Mullings went to her mother’s house and shortly afterwards paramedics and police received a call to go to Kilmington Drive, where they found the children.

The boys’ father, who did not live with their mother, is in shock and receiving counselling.

Family friend, mother of one Melissa Bell, 23, said the killings were a “cry for help” by Mullings.

She said: “I think it’s really sad. It’s a cry for help and she never got the help she needed. Everyone said she needed help but she never got any.”

Comments

  • On 22nd Nov 2008 at 10:33 AM michaelmac said...

    As i understand it this mother left one of her children on three different dates, If this is not a cry for help i dont know what is

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