Troubled child care service facing eighth review after death of baby

June 22, 2009

AN EIGHTH serious case review has been launched in Doncaster after the death of a baby who was known to the council’s beleaguered children’s services department.

The 10-week old boy died in “suspicious circumstances” on Monday evening after being admitted to hospital two days previously.

A teenager has been arrested following the death of the child, who was taken to Doncaster Royal Infirmary on Saturday afternoon from an address in Skellow, near Doncaster, after he had stopped breathing.

The baby was later transferred to Sheffield Children’s Hospital where he died on Monday.

Paramedics were called to the house at 3.15pm on Saturday and police were then called at 7.45pm that evening.

Officers arrested the 18-year-old man on suspicion of harming a baby and he was later released on bail.

A post-mortem examination was carried out on Tuesday but was inconclusive.

Police officers are now waiting until a cause of death can be established before deciding whether to bring any charges.

Doncaster Council’s director of children’s services, Gareth Williams, confirmed that an eighth serious case review was under way.

He said: “We did know the family.” But he added that he could not comment further as the police are investigating.

Neighbours of the address in Skellow said the baby’s grandparents owned the property and lived there with their son, his girlfriend and their child.

They told how paramedics arrived on Saturday and left with the baby soon afterwards.

A woman, thought to he the child’s mother, and both sets of grandparents followed the ambulance to the hospital.

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