Logan Mwangi: Murdered five-year-old’s injuries were not raised by doctors months before his death, report says | UK News

The wounds of a five-year-old boy – murdered by his mother, stepfather and step-brother – have not been shared by doctors with others who may have acted to protect the boy, a review has found. out.

It found what it said could be “systemic” problems with protecting children, including medical doctors’ failure to report injuries Logan Mwangi suffered months before he died. died.

The boy was attacked to death at his home in Llansantffraid, Sarn, Bridgend, South Wales, before his body was dumped in the nearby Ogmore River last July.

His mother, Angharad Williamson, 31, stepfather John Cole, 40, and stepbrother Craig Mulligan, 14, were all found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison following a trial at Cardiff Crown Court earlier this year.

The trial found the child, also known as Logan Williamson, had 56 external injuries when the body was discovered.

A few weeks before his death, he broke his collarbone but was not taken for treatment.

The Cwm Taf Morgannwg Defense Department report, released today, also highlights how the COVID-19 pandemic has limited family contact with agencies and impacted their ability to provide “healthcare services.” optimal child protection procedures”.

“As a result of this extensive children’s practice review, key learning processes were identified,” the report states.

“The review board believes that these problems may be systemic rather than isolated cases due to individual error or poor practice.”

John Cole and Angharad Williamson, who were jailed at Cardiff Crown Court for the murder of her 5-year-old son Logan Mwangi
John Cole, Angharad Williamson and (below) Craif Mulligan
Craig Mulligan will serve at least 15 years in prison

In August 2020, Williamson took Logan to the local accident and emergency unit with a wound to his arm, a bruise on his right cheek, and an upper arm fracture – and concerns were raised regarding delay.

However, social services and police “agreed that the threshold to fulfill child protection requirements had not been met at that stage, on the basis of limited medical information,” the report said. said.

Cole’s criminal record includes child assault, possession of an assault weapon, theft and illegal drug possession, and has served time in prison for theft.

Police examined these and “agreed that at the time he was not the right person to just care for” Logan or Mulligan.

Officers went to the hospital as well as the family home, where they were informed that Logan’s injuries were caused by him falling down the stairs.

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A further health assessment by a pediatrician found “wider bruises and wounds” on Logan, with 31 photographs taken of these injuries.

Records prove that he has bruises above his genitals, two bruises on his ankles, two bruises on his forehead, bruises on the top of both ears, bruises behind one ear, bruises bruises on both cheeks, bruises on chin, bruises on left arm and bruises around broken shoulder.

The report said “there is no evidence that information about these injuries has been shared with agencies outside of the Health Commission”.

Williamson claimed Logan – referred to as “Kid T” in the report – would hit his head, pinch himself and say the mark on his ear was from wearing a COVID mask. No explanation has been given for the mark on his genitals.

“Some injuries, even in isolation, should have been referred,” the report said.

“If injuries are considered non-random by medical professionals, clear consideration should be given to the number of injuries and body location, parental supervision for Child T, and if necessary support of broader agencies.

“This again should have triggered a child protection referral.”

The report also details how Cole is believed to be a former member of the National Front and will subject Logan – whose father is British and Kenyan – subject to racially offensive remarks.

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The report made 10 local and 5 national recommendations including urging the Cwm Taf Morgannwg Board of Health to conduct an independent review of the practice and management of the identification and investigation of non-accidental injuries. accident in children.

Nationwide, it suggested the Welsh government consider an annual campaign to raise public awareness on how to report protection concerns.

Paul Mee, chairman of Cwm Taf Morgannwg Defense, apologized for the errors, saying “agencies can and should act differently”.

“For these failures, we take full responsibility and apologize,” he said, pledging to “fully implement the recommendations made in this review and do so to improve our conservation practices.” our defense to prevent this from happening again.”

The Welsh government’s undersecretary for social services said lessons had to be learned from the assessment and apologized for the tragedy.

“I would like to reiterate how sorry I am to Logan’s father and reiterate my commitment to improving services to ensure vulnerable children are protected,” said Julie Morgan.


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