Sunday, 14 September 2008

Baby girl shaken to death by violent father just weeks after being taken off the at risk register

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A judge yesterday condemned social services for failing to protect a baby girl who was shaken to death by her violent father.
Judge David Hodson said Alisha Allen's death might have been avoided if her parents had received the proper help.
He spoke out after hearing how she was removed from the at risk register by social workers only weeks before she was shaken 'like a rag doll' by her father Gary Allen, 26.
Alisha was classified as a ' vulnerable' child even before she was born in August 2006.
But when her parents moved home a month later their new local authority decided instead to treat her as 'a child in need'.
Although they were still visited by social workers and a health visitor, Alisha's progress would have been monitored more closely had she remained on the at risk register.
In January 2007, Allen picked the crying toddler out of her cot and in a fit of rage shook her with such force that she never recovered from her brain injuries.
She died three days later in hospital.
Allen initially claimed he had nothing to do with the death of his five-month-old daughter and repeatedly changed his story, blaming his then partner. But in April he finally admitted her manslaughter.

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