Suffocated girl had been on protection register

June 24, 2009

A FOUR-YEAR-OLD girl who is believed to have been suffocated at home, was taken off the child protection register two years ago.

Zoey Anne David was found dead at a house on Bideford Close in the Maesglas area of Newport, on Friday.

A 34-year-old woman, also named locally as Zoey David, was found lying nearby with serious injuries. She remains under arrest on suspicion of murder in hospital where she is being treated for injuries she sustained that day.

It has since emerged that the girl was placed on the child protection register by the Newport Safeguarding Children Board when her family moved to the area in 2007 from London.

By the end of that year the board, which comprises Newport City Council, Gwent Police and the local health board, took the decision to take Zoey Anne off the register.
A spokesman for the board said it was now considering a Serious Case Review.

“Such a review would establish whether there are any lessons to be learnt about the way in which agencies work together to safeguard children,” said the spokesman.

“There is specific guidance from the Welsh Assembly Government in relation to Serious Case Reviews that will be followed in this case.

“It is our understanding that this child had previously been on the Child Protection Register in Newport in 2007 and any relevant information relating to the work of agencies with the family will be considered during the Serious Case Review process.”

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