Friday, June 24, 2011

Ryan Lovell-Hancox. died hours after an official mistook his groans for the sounds of him waking up - 24th June 2011

A battered toddler died hours after an official mistook his groans for the sounds of him waking up.

A damning report yesterday found that 14 agencies missed chances to save Ryan Lovell-Hancox.

He suffered 75 different injuries at the hands of carer Kayley Boleyn and her crack addict boyfriend Christopher Taylor. Their trial was told of torture, hell and squalor.

Various council departments and the police, probation service and a housing charity had all failed to intervene in the run-up to the ‘bubbly’ three-year-old’s death on Christmas Eve 2008.

He had been thrown against walls and floors, locked in a cupboard and punched, slapped and screamed at so aggressively by the pair that he wet himself through fear.

In his final hours he suffered head injuries comparable to those seen in children in a head-on car crash.

Ryan died a month after his depressed mother, Amy Hancox began paying childhood friend Boleyn £40 a week to look after him at her bedsit in Bilston, West Midlands.

A serious case review into Ryan’s death, published yesterday, disclosed how police ‘lost’ details of a previous allegation that Boleyn, 19, assaulted a sibling – a fact which could have flagged her up as a potential danger to children.

Probation staff also failed to properly record that Taylor, 25, had been branded a medium-level risk to children.

A charity paid to monitor Boleyn at her bedsit during her transition from the care system to an independent adult life used ‘poorly trained staff’ who did not visit her often enough. It was one of their officers who failed to investigate Ryan’s groans of pain.

Yesterday’s report made 60 recommendations.

Sarah Norman, of Wolverhampton City Council, admitted the authority had ‘failed’ to protect Ryan from harm and apologised to his family. Read More