Brandon Muir had more than 40 injuries when he died last March after being brutally assaulted by Robert Cunningham.There you go! Nothing to do with the social services at all – it was
The High Court in Glasgow was told that witnesses, including neighbours, heard loud noises and shouting from the flat where he was attacked and saw him looking unwell but failed to contact the authorities.
Chief Insp Willie Semple said the boy lived in a chaotic environment but could still be alive if people, including neighbours, had spoken out.Are you sure about that, Chief Inspector?
Mr Semple said that witness statements taken by his officers revealed how much people had known.
He added: “If they had shared that with social workers, potentially we would not have had a trial. I am not saying Brandon Muir would have been alive today, but he may have been.”
Because when the ‘Times’ investigated child abuse at Muslim madrassas, there wasn’t exactly a rush to action, was there?
And when concerned neighbours rang up the SS regarding poor little Lois, it didn’t do much good did it?
Anne Houston, of Children 1st, said that in almost every case where an abused child died it emerged that friends or neighbours were concerned.Not exactly by ‘society’, Liz. Let’s take a look at some of the caring professionals who saw Brandon before he died:
She added that Brandon had been let down by those who should have had his best interests at heart. Liz Smith, the Tory shadow minister for children, said the toddler was failed by his parents and by society.
Sinead McLaughlin, a health visitor who went with a colleague to carry out a routine check-up on Brandon early last March, told the court he had a “scab-like mark” on his face and dried blood below his nose and wanted to be lifted up.Yup, that’s right. Little Sinead thought something was a bit hinky here, but dutifully went ahead and checked off her list anyway. All the ticks in the right boxes? Job done!
She thought this was unusual, as most two-year-olds would “check out” a stranger before going to them. But his height and weight were satisfactory and she had no particular concerns about his physical health.
Hey, if there’s anything really amiss, the neighbours’ll call us, right?
The court also heard that the toddler was not taken to a number of immunisation appointments, but appeared “well” when social workers spoke to his mother at a health centre two days before he died.Oh, workers at a health centre? Again, not neighbours, or other members of ‘society’, but professional public sector employees tasked with child welfare issues and failing to do their jobs. Again.
So, Chief Inspector Semple, and Liz ‘Ooh, I’m on Dave’s Team, how thrilling!’ Smith, care to tell me again how it’s really ‘society’s fault’....?