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4 year old starved to death by his parents

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SquidgyMummy Tue 04-Jun-13 19:53:29

Horrendous Story

What i can't understand is why all the people who could have helped him: Teachers, school nurse, doctors etc could not see he was being mistreated. My 2 1/ year old weighs more than that poor child when he died.
I am just sickened by his needless death and the hand wringing "if only's" by the other adults who should have protected him

Hrrrm Tue 04-Jun-13 19:55:41

<Daily Mail warning>

Awful story.

JazzAnnNonMouse Tue 04-Jun-13 19:55:48

So sad sad

RoooneyMara Tue 04-Jun-13 19:57:57

unbelievable. poor little soul.

libertyflip Tue 04-Jun-13 19:58:23

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Mintyy Tue 04-Jun-13 19:59:58

Yes, hideous parents, awful story. But I am angry that the teacher and ta did not take it further and involve police.

BarbarianMum Tue 04-Jun-13 20:00:59

Oh God, I almost wish I hadn't read that but he deserves his death to be acknowledged, at least.

I don't understand how this could happened. A child gets thinner and thinner and is desperate for food - it's not rocket science.

NorthernLurker Tue 04-Jun-13 20:04:19

The case is still going through the courts. We don't know what happened yet. Today's evidence actually makes it clear that the school referred on appropriately and were given an explanation that made sense (albeit of a very rare situation) by the parents. Normal, healthy children come in all shapes and sizes. If you've never seen malnutrition and you're not looking for it you could mistake what you're seeing.

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BarbarianMum Tue 04-Jun-13 20:12:20

I'm quite amazed the school took the parents' word about a medical condition - we had to produce doctors letters regarding ds1's allergies.

And I have seen seriously malnorished/starving children and honestly they look nothing like normal ones, even those at the bottom of the growth charts. The only thing I've seen similar here in the west was a friend of mine with anorexia because she was, yes, starving sad.

Snowfedup Tue 04-Jun-13 20:26:01

Finding it hard not to cry about this how how could the school not notice this how how could a teacher/classroom assistant not see - he was eating a dirty pancake and trying to eat play jelly did they not see, could someone not have brought him some food fgs !!!

Id like to think as a teacher if some child was obviously hungry even not even close to this degree that I would bring a bit extra.

Surely if he had no lunch he should have had school dinners I just don't understand.

So so so sad !

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NorthernLurker Tue 04-Jun-13 20:35:37

Snow - he did have a packed lunch. The teacher specifically referred to that in her evidence.

ToTiredToBeWitty Tue 04-Jun-13 20:39:55

I amazed no one fed him at the school.

Snowfedup Tue 04-Jun-13 20:41:11

Sorry have just read brief article didn't mention that just him stealing classmates lunches.

timtam23 Tue 04-Jun-13 20:55:30

This story made me cry, the poor little boy. What he went through must have been horrendous.

stella1w Tue 04-Jun-13 21:02:20

Don't understand how a child can be compared to a concentration camp victim and more was not done.

DoctorAnge Tue 04-Jun-13 22:29:03

Jesus how could the teachers let this carry on without reporting?!

madaki Wed 05-Jun-13 08:07:11

I thought that the teacher did report it?

AmberLeaf Wed 05-Jun-13 08:14:42

Poor little boy. That is heartbreaking.

I don't understand why social service didn't do more.

AmberLeaf Wed 05-Jun-13 08:15:25

Were they even contacted? they must have been surely?

OnTheNingNangNong Wed 05-Jun-13 08:29:09

That poor boy. sad

EllieArroway Wed 05-Jun-13 08:30:47

I'm really, really upset by this. That poor little lad - stealing a pancake covered in grit out of the bin. He must have felt so desperate and lonely.

Sorry, Northern, but going by the news reports, it wasn't just that he was thin. He was also covered in bruises & his clothes were too small.

EllieArroway Wed 05-Jun-13 08:33:01

Sorry, sorry people - DID NOT mean to imply that wearing clothes too small is a sign of abuse. My DS once spent an entire term in trousers that were too small because I couldn't afford new ones. Just saying - there was more to spot than just being thin.

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