Wednesday, 11 February 2009

Rhys battered to death like Baby P

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A BABY whose crack addict mum was known to social services for eight years was battered to death like Baby P, a court has heard.
Two-month-old Rhys Biggs had his chest crushed, ten ribs broken and his wrist and shoulder bones cracked.
Yet during his short life he had been under the care of TWO London social services teams, Newham and Camden.
His mum Claire Biggs, 27, had been known to them since 2001. She had a premature “at risk” daughter taken into care when she was 19 because she was on drugs and homeless.
At the time of Rhys’s death she had three boyfriends. One, live-in lover Paul Husband, 33, did nothing to stop the abuse.
Biggs and Husband were convicted yesterday of child cruelty as it could not be established what had caused Rhys’s death. It was another echo of the Baby P case.
He was tortured to death aged 17 months by his mum, her lover and their lodger even though he had been seen 60 times by health and social workers.
In Rhys’s case, health and social workers from Camden and Newham arranged to visit Biggs several times but she dodged the appointments.
The court heard how on April 10 last year, Husband rang the NHS Direct helpline to say Rhys had been screaming for
hours. Biggs admitted that on one occasion his cries had continued for eight hours.

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