Baby Peter's Grizzly Torturous Death Photo

Baby Peter's Grizzly Torturous Death Photo

London : United Kingdom | Aug 17, 2009 at 2:04 PM PDT
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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:

Peter was born on March 1, 2006.

October 13, 2006: doctors saw Peter for bruising of his head and chest and his mother said he accidentally fell down stairs.

December 11, 2006: Peter admitted to hospital for bruising to forehead, nose, sternum and right shoulder/breast area.

December 12, 2006: Peter was examined and referred to child abuse investigation team.

December 21, January 12, January 17, 2006: he was seen on these dates for repeated x-rays to his leg.

April 9, 2006: bruising to face and swelling to his head; his mother claimed he was pushed into a fireplace by another child.

April 10, 2006: Child development care worker observed the baby was banging his head.

June 1, 2006: baby Peter admitted and examined for more bruising.

July 26, 2006: lice and blood in his ears and infections to his head observed by medical staff.

August 3, 2006: Baby Peter pronounced dead by EMTs called out to his home.

More people are calling the NSPCC Helpline about serious child abuse since the death of Baby Peter two years ago.

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.

Baby Peter died in August 2007 when he was just 17 months old. In the year before his death, the NSPCC made 8,170 referrals; the following year the figure rose to 9,620.

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)

Many of the calls were about children being physically assaulted, sexually abused or badly neglected. Most came from neighbours, relatives and friends of the family.

The number of child abuse calls continues to grow. In June the NSPCC Helpline referred over 1,000 calls to agencies - more than one an hour.

Christine Renouf, Director of Helpline Services said: "Fortunately people seem to be more aware of children who might be at risk of serious harm and are taking action to help them.

"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.

"It only takes a few seconds to dial our number and it could be the difference between life and death for a child."

It will be the second anniversary of Baby Peter's death on Monday (August 3). He died after suffering more than 50 injuries during months of abuse at his home in Haringey, north London.

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.

I urge everyone who reads this to write to:

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.

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The image taken of Baby Peter upon his death
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