Sunday, 14 September 2008

Tragedy of baby killed by father

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A TOP judge has criticised the social services system after hearing how a baby girl was shaken to death by her bullying father.
Judge David Hodson said the death of five-month-old Alisha Allen occurred in circumstances where there had been undoubted failings within the two departments involved with her welfare.
He told parents Gary Allen and Claire Morton direct responsibility for Alishas death lay with them and them alone.
But he said the couple were in need of 'as much help as they could get' from social services and other agencies, but had not received that necessary help. Had they done so, he said, 'this tragic case might have been avoided'.
Alisha had been placed on the child protection register even before she was born because of concerns about her mothers parenting skills, Newcastle Crown Court heard.
It was also known by the authorities that both parents had learning difficulties and Allen also had problems controlling his temper, the court was told.
Paramedics were called to the couples home in Marigold Crescent , Bournmoor, near Chester-le-Street, County Durham , in January last year after receiving a report Alisha had been 'fitting'.

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