Tuesday 17 October 2017

Boy (3) died due to a 'string of failings', review finds

Matthew Cooper

A three-year-old boy was tortured and murdered by a couple employed to care for him after a string of failings by agencies monitoring his killers, a serious case review has found.

The report into the death of Ryan Lovell-Hancox made recommendations to a total of 14 different bodies after criticising Wolverhampton City Council, the probation service, a charity and police for errors made in the years before the boy suffered a fatal brain injury.

Conducted by the Wolverhampton Safeguarding Children Board, the review concluded that Ryan was not protected during 2008 as separate agencies "failed to consider the wider picture".

Ryan died in hospital on Christmas Eve in 2008 after being attacked while in the care of Christopher Taylor and Kayley Boleyn at her flat in Bilston, West Midlands.

None of the agencies realised that Ryan was being cared for by Taylor and Boleyn. He had more than 70 injuries to his body by the time he died.

Taylor and Boleyn are both serving life sentences for Ryan's murder.

Irish Independent

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