A sadistic mother-of-eight beat her children with a meat mallet and branded them with a hot screwdriver during a six-year campaign of abuse and neglect.Over a period of six years..? How can this be, when the authorities swoop on mothers who haven't quite put away all the Dulux tins and those who raise their voices to their children in shops?
The children, who are all under 16, were regularly hit with objects including a belt and broken coat hanger. The woman even slashed one of them with a knife.
Perhaps she cunningly hid from the authorities?
In a disturbing echo of the failings in the Victoria Climbie and Baby P cases, social workers monitored the family for years yet failed to pick up on the abuse.Ho, hum.
Children's charity Kidscape described the case - and Cambridgeshire County Council's failure to look after the youngsters - as 'sickening'.Was this a case of poor information sharing, or is there something else, perchance?
Questioning why social workers had failed to intervene for so long, he added: 'This seems to be part of an ongoing problem with social services nationally where departments are not joined-up in their thinking process and are not sharing information effectively.'
The mother, a Jamaican national living in Cambridge...Ah. It all becomes much clearer now...
I guess lessons weren't learned after all.