Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Joshua Jones, 2, beaten to death by violent stepfather a month after police and social services hand him BACK to abusive parents - 21st Dec 2011

A toddler was beaten to death a month after he returned home to the parents whose abuse led to him being in hospital.

Two-year-old Joshua Jones, from Runcorn, Cheshire, died on November 6, 2007.

His mother’s boyfriend, Wayne Davenport, was jailed for six years in 2009 after he was convicted of manslaughter.

Davenport’s trial heard that he spent months punishing the toddler and unleashing a horrific catalogue of abuse on the boy.

Joshua’s mother, Nichola Bowman, was convicted of causing or allowing her son’s death and was given a suspended sentence.

Following a five-day inquest at Warrington Town Hall, the coroner for Cheshire, Nicholas Rheinberg, today recorded a verdict of unlawful killing.

He said Joshua's death 'probably would have been avoided' if Warrington and District General Hospital, Cheshire Police and Halton Borough Council had preventerd him from returning to an 'unsafe environment'.

He said: 'Joshua’s death probably would have been avoided if the three agencies concerned with his safety had taken steps which did not involve returning him to an unsafe environment.' Read More