Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Have we learned nothing from Victoria Climbier?

Today saw the shocking and sickening story of little Jessica Randall, who lived just over two months. She never stood a chance - abused both physically and sexually from the moment she was brought home from the maternity unit.

That her father, Andrew Randall personifies evil is clear. That he could have carried out these acts of cruelty and torture is beyond belief. That her schizophrenic mother did nothing to prevent the slow death of her own daughter is tragic.

A post-mortem found nine broken ribs and a fractured skull among her injuries. During her many visits to Kettering General Hospital, over thirty health workers came into contact with Jessica, yet not one of them saw fit to trigger child protection procedures.

Have we learned nothing from Victoria Climbier?

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