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Saturday, 27 March 2010


Another dead kid, and once again it's right under the eyes and spies of the state.
A couple have been found guilty of murdering three-year-old Ryan Lovell-Hancox who died in hospital on Christmas Eve after being abused, neglected and beaten.
Christopher Taylor and Kayley Boleyn of killed Ryan after weeks of ill treatment in an attack at their flat in Bilston, West Midlands, in December 2008.
A four-week trial at Wolverhampton Crown Court heard that Ryan's mother was paying around £40 a week for Taylor, 25, and 19-year-old Boleyn to look after Ryan while she decorated her home in the month before the boy's death.
The trial was told that Ryan – who died in hospital two days later – was seen at the bedsit by a housing support officer hours before the attack which led to his death.
The court heard that the officer, who gave Boleyn a lift to a job centre, assumed Ryan was asleep after seeing one of his legs sticking out from under bedding.
It also emerged that a child had also been seen by housing officials at the flat on previous occasions, despite conditions stipulating that children could not live there.
No doubt there'll be protestations that it wasn't the job of those who saw Ryan to do anything about it, or that they weren't trained for this, or that the rules said this or that they were told that or the guidelines said the other, and that basically there really is a perfectly valid reason why none of them ever said anything.

I expect lessons will be learned as well. Normally they are after someone offs a kid in their care, all of which will be a great comfort to Kerry Robertson as she sits at home without the son that the state took from her.

1 comment:

JuliaM said...

That picture of them though...not sure I'd feel right leaving a hamster with them, never mind a kid!

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