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Baby P's step-father found guilty of raping two-year-old girl

PUBLISHED: 17:35 06 May 2009 | UPDATED: 15:37 16 August 2010

THE step-father of a baby whose death sparked a major review into child social services was found guilty last Friday of raping a two-year-old girl.

THE step-father of a baby whose death sparked a major review into child social services was found guilty last Friday of raping a two-year-old girl.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was convicted of raping the toddler who was on Haringey council's at-risk register.

The latest investigation came about after the investigation into the death of Baby P - who now can be named as Baby Peter - which sparked a review of social services by Lord Laming last year.

His mother was cleared a charge of cruelty against the girl.

Both were tried under false names and the jury had no idea of their true identities or their connection to Baby Peter.

Peter, 18-months-old, was found dead in his cot with 50 injuries despite having had 60 visits from health and social workers over the final eight months of his life.

His stepfather, 32, his mother, 27 and lodger Jason Owen from Bromley were all convicted in November of causing or allowing his death.

However, Baby P's stepfather is considering an appeal against his rape conviction focusing on the age of the victim, the prosecution's main witness.

She was just four when she testified at the Old Bailey via videolink and questions have been raised about basing a prosecution on the evidence of such a young witness. The man and woman were remanded in custody for sentencing on May 21 and 22.


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