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Another child dies in care

This story (link) is about a toddler sadly being drowned in a domestic swimming pool. A similar situation where a toddler died caused the parents' other children to be taken into care.

What happens when the same thing happens with a local authority "in loco parentis".

We also have a story about children being abused in foster care in Coventry.

I am aware of three deaths this year in foster care where further independent* investigation should occur: Camden, Portsmouth, Trafford.

I know that the local safeguarding childrens committee should investigate, but this is the people responsible for the problems investigating themselves.

*independent - meaning financially independent of the system.


moira said…
This is the other story.

Couple see child taken away as son in pond fall lay dying

The Daily Mail by Ben Clerkin

November 23, 2006

A DEVASTATED couple had a child taken away by social workers as their 20-month-old son lay dying in hospital. Tyler Black, who had fallen into the family pond 24 hours earlier, died the day after the other youngster was removed.

Yesterday, a coroner ruled that the toddler's death was an accident.

Now his parents, Caren and Adrian Black, are pleading to be reunited with the child who they can see only twice a week.

Drowned: Tyler Black just half and hour before he fell into the pond

The tragedy happened in July. Moments before he fell into the pond, Tyler had woken from a nap and was playing happily at the fam­ily home in Bicester, Oxfordshire.

When his 30-year-old mother realised he was missing, she checked the garden as it was a hot day and the back door of the house had been left open. There she found her son's lifeless body floating in their 3ft deep koi carp pond. Giving evidence at the inquest, Mrs Black said: 'I could not see him from the back door; I went straight to the pond.'

He was taken by ambulance to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford where doctors battled for two days to save him.

Detectives, who had been asked to investigate by social workers, found no suspicious circumstances and yesterday a coroner ruled that Tyler's death had been nothing more than an accident. Through tears, Mrs Black said after the inquest into her son's death that she felt she had lost more than one child when Tyler died.

'Social services marched in and the child was taken away before our son died.

'There was not even any chance to say goodbye to Tyler.' Mr Black, a 34-year-old mechanic, said he hoped the coroner's verdict would force social services to recon­sider.

Distraught: Mother Caren Black

'I've said all along that it was at lent. They tried to say' there a risk of neglect but the children had anything they wanted. ‘And I’m going to make sure the authority knows I'm not going to back off.

Recording an accident verdict, Oxfordshire coroner Nicholas Gardiner said: 'This was a tragic but not suspicious incident.'

Detective Sergeant Christopher Whitwell told the inquest in Oxford that his investigation of the death had not found anything suspicious. ‘The matter was brought to our attention by the child protection team in Banbury,' he said. 'But it was an unexplained death and we would have been involved as a mat­ter of course.'

Emma Boulter, a neighbour, helped Mrs Black attempt to resuscitate Tyler after she heard the dis­traught mother's screams in the garden.

During the inquest, she said: 'I could see some sort of green slime coming out of his mouth and there was some sort of yellow mucus coming out of his eyes, which were shut.'

Seconds later, Mr Black came run­ning up the garden path after his wife had fetched him from a nearby pub.

He told the inquest through tears: 'I was only in the pub not even a couple of minutes when Caren came in crying and screaming. 'She was very, very distressed. She was screaming Tyler, Tyler, Tyler. It just did not enter into my mind that this could have happened.

Plea: Tyler's father Adrian Black

'So I ran in through the back gate and through the back door. Our neighbour was clutching hold of Tyler who, by this time was quite grey, a bluey-purply colour.'

Both of Tyler's parents broke down as they gave evidence to the inquest into the death of their son who they called a 'cheeky little mon­key'.

A spokesman for Oxfordshire social services refused to comment.
Unknown said…
i hate the fact that so many children have lost there lives through a system that dont know right from wrong

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