Police investigation after eighth baby dies under nose of troubled council’s social workers

June 11, 2009


The suspicious death of a ten-week-old baby has forced a crisis-torn council to launch its eighth inquiry into the death of a child.

Ashley Shaw was rushed to hospital after he stopped breathing and died 48 hours later. An 18-year-old man was arrested ‘on suspicion of harming a baby’ and released on bail pending further inquiries.

The family was known to social services in Doncaster and a serious case review will be carried out to look at the involvement of health and care professionals.

The council’s children’s services department came under the spotlight earlier this year following the deaths of seven children in two years from suspected abuse or neglect.

The government sent a hit squad to take control of the failing department to protect the town’s youngsters and the mayor was forced to quit.

Ashley’s tragic death raises further questions about the role of child care workers in the authority – now run by the newly-elected English Democrats Mayor Peter Davies.

Ashley’s young parents live apart with their respective families. Ashley and his mother were spending time with his father at his family home in the Skellow area of Doncaster when an ambulance was called to the house at 3.15 pm on Saturday.

Ashley was taken to the town’s Royal Infirmary and later transferred to Sheffield Children’s Hospital where he died on Monday evening.

Police later sealed off the house for forensic examination and arrested a teenager who has not been named.

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