The torture endured by this innocent child and his death from that torture is haunting and more than heartbreaking. He lived just 17 months, and in that short life has endured a broken back, many broken ribs and severe beatings. He was seen the last time by medical authorities just two days before his death, and still, nothing was done to protect this baby. TIMELINE OF EVENTS:
Last year (Apr 08-Mar 09) the 24-hour freephone service (0808 800 5000) passed on 11,243 suspected child protection cases to police or social services - an increase of more than a third over two years.
More than one in three calls (35%) referred by the Helpline last year concerned families unknown to local agencies. The authorities took action to investigate and protect the children in nearly all (98%) cases.(1)
"The brutal torture and death of Baby Peter was terrible but we know it was a wake-up call for some people to look out for children. More than one in three of our suspected child protection cases involve families not known to local authorities. Among them there will be children saved by a phone call to our Helpline.
"The increasing number of serious child abuse calls we are getting shows the continuing need for our Helpline. But it's also encouraging that so many people are now taking responsibility for stopping this abuse. It is becoming more and more difficult for child abusers to hide their crimes.
His 27-year-old mother was given an indeterminate sentence with a minimum of five years at the Old Bailey in May for causing or allowing her son's death. Her boyfriend was given 12 years for the same offence and life for raping a two-year-old girl. Their lodger, Jason Owen, 36, was also jailed for causing or allowing the death of Baby Peter and received an indefinite sentence with a minimum of three years.
Please express your outrage over the case of Baby Peter, as perhaps when this charity realizes people globally have heard of this torturous case and it is not just in their district of Haringey, they will take these cases more seriously. Any child who was seen over 50 times for injuries sustained over violent abuse and not protected extensively has been as much a contributor to his death as the mother and her boyfriend. WE MUST ASSIST WITH THIS ISSUE IN ANY WAY WE CAN, AND IF IT IS WITH JUST OUR VOICES, IT MAY HELP SAVE EVEN ONE MORE CHILD.
We all must be vigilant in making a call if we suspect a child is abused or neglected, it is our duty. Children demonstrate reactive behavior and we must be on the lookout for this and take the matter further. PLEASE, PLEASE help the children of the world not be abused in any way by those entrusted with their care.