'It is some small satisfaction that justice has been served in this distressing case,' she said.So says Jane Cryer from the CPS, about this case.
Is she right? Let's see...
A couple known to social services subjected a six-week-old baby to a horrifying catalogue of abuse and failed to her get any medical attention when she contracted meningitis, leaving the child deaf, blind and severely disabled.So far, so terribly, horribly typical. And naturally, child protection services 'knew of' the family:
An investigation is now under way after the pair admitted a string of abuse, cruelty and neglect which left the innocent infant suffering from cerebral palsy and unable to sit up or feed herself unaided.
Speaking after the hearing Calderdale Council's group director for children and young people, Paul Brennan, admitted the children were known to children and young people's services and to other agencies.So, they were aware of them. Don't seem to have done anything, but at least they were on the radar (as always).
As a result a serious case review is now being undertaken by Calderdale's Independent Safeguarding Children Board.
Soooo, what are we looking at here in terms of a sentence?
Adjourning the case until sentence, the Recorder of Bradford, Judge Stephen Gullick, warned Patel and Bradshaw: 'All options are open, which include a prison sentence.''All options are open'. And maybe, just maybe, they might actually go to prison!
The child, who cannot be named for legal reasons, now has no chance of leading a normal life.
Jesus wept! No, Jane Cryer, justice has not been served in this particular case.
Not even close....