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Trio face jail over brutal death of baby on social services at risk' register

PUBLISHED: 16:44 12 November 2008 | UPDATED: 09:49 12 August 2010

TWO men and a mother are facing jail for causing the death of a baby after a catalogue of failures by the same social services department which condemned Victoria Climbie to death.

TWO men and a mother are facing jail for causing the death of a baby after a catalogue of failures by the same social services department which condemned Victoria Climbie to death.

The boy's mother ignored his agony as her 32-year-old boyfriend, both of whom cannot be named, treated the 17-month-old toddler 'like a punchbag' for over nine months.

Their lodger Jason Owen, 36, of Wittersham Road, Bromley, is also facing jail after he was found guilty of causing or allowing the death of a child.

But the jury could not agree who had caused the fatal injuries to the tragic tot.

The child was on the 'at risk' register with Haringey Social Services in north London and was admitted to hospital or examined by doctors 13 times when he was showing clear signs of abuse.

Some of the social workers in the case had been directly involved in the Victoria Climbie fiasco.

The woman had been on bail for assaulting the boy until the day before he died but Haringey Social Services still allowed her to care for him.

Two days before the tot died, he was taken to an appointment with consultant Sabah Alzayyat who failed to spot that the boy's back was broken with the level of force usually suffered by victims of a car crash, paralysing him from the waist down.

The Old Bailey heard the baby had been dead for hours when his mother made a call to the emergency services at 11.30am on August 3 last year.

He had suffering eight broken ribs and a fractured spine, that was probably caused when the child was bent over a cot or an adult's knee.

Parts of his fingernails and fingertips were missing, the skin between his upper lip and gum had been torn and he had a healing fracture to his leg.

The boy had suffered a fungal infection caused when he had being roughly picked up by his ears and he had been bitten on the head either by a human or a dog.

A post-mortem also catalogued bruising and injury to the forehead, left temple, right cheek, nose, lips, chest, left shin, lower back and right buttock.

A jury convicted the boyfriend of causing or allowing the death of a child after clearing him of both murder and manslaughter.

Both the mother and Owen were cleared of murder on the direction of the judge, as reported in the Times.

She had admitted allowing the death of a child on the first day of the Old Bailey trial.

All three will now be sentenced on December 15.

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