Monday, 15 March 2010

We should all be ashamed...

Three news stories that bring a cold hard reality check to what modern life has become, every person choosing not to intervene, get involved and ignore should be ashamed.
look beneath the journalistic styles and the stories fill you with sorrow.

Parents plead guilty to neglecting girl found hanged in her bedroom
An eight-year-old girl found hanged in her filthy bedroom had been "abandoned to her fate" despite years of involvement by social services, a court heard.

Charlotte Avenall was found dead in a the "foul and disgusting" room with faeces smeared on the walls, floor, bedding, and soft toys.
Neither her mother, Susan Moody, stepfather, Simon Moody, nor any other adult had set foot there for at least a month before her death on September 12 last year.
Susan and Simon Moody both admitted child cruelty between August 14 and September 12 last year when they appeared before Nottingham Crown Court.
They admitted they "did wilfully neglect, abandon or expose Charlotte in a manner likely to cause her unnecessary suffering or injury to health".
It will be up to a later inquest to decide whether Charlotte's death at the family's terraced home in Moor Street, Mansfield, Notts, was deliberate or accidental.
But it believed she died in her sleep after a length of cord with soft toys attached to it became tangled round her neck.
The case comes as the mother and stepfather of seven-year-old starvation victim Khyra Ishaq were jailed for her manslaughter. Angela Gordon was handed a 15 year sentence while Junaid Abuhamza was jailed indefinitely for the public's protection, with a minimum term of seven and a half years.
The latest cases have again raised questions about the efficacy of social services staff. It emerged during the trial of Gordon and Abuhamza that Birmingham City Council was aware of concerns about the child's welfare almost five months before her death.
Charlotte, who attended a special school, is also thought to have been in the habit of smearing faeces around her room.
Her parents spoke only to answer to their names and enter guilty pleas as they stood side by side in the dock.
William Harbage, QC, prosecuting, told the court: "Nobody had been in Charlotte's bedroom for a period of four weeks or more before her death.
"Her room was in a absolutely foul and disgusting state with faeces smeared all over the walls, floor, bedding and soft toys.
Mr Harbage said the prosecution accepted Susan Moody had been "unwell" at the relevant time but the extent of that illness was "open to dispute".
Mr Harbarge added: "Each parent had a duty of care for Charlotte and each should have checked the room.
"If they did not do so themselves they had a duty to make sure that each other did so, or they should have made sure an outside agency did.
"She did not ensure her husband did so and she did not ensure that social services or any other outside agency did so.
"Effectively they abandoned Charlotte to her fate and left her at risk to health and unnecessary suffering."
Judge Joan Butler, QC, adjourned the case for reports until April 9 and granted the couple bail until then.
An immediate investigation was launched after Charlotte's death when it became known she suffered from severe learning difficulties and was known to welfare services.
It later emerged social services and other agencies had been closely involved with Charlotte her whole life as her mother was only 16 and living in foster care when she was born.
A spokesman for Nottinghamshire County Council said:"A serious case review is underway which is being caried out by the Nottinghamshire Safeguarding Children Board.
"Until that it is complete we will not be commenting."

SHOCKING footage of the bullying that drove a man to his death emerged yesterday.

Hounded ... David the 'gent'
It captured tragic David Askew crying in anguish as yobs tormented him.
Their victim, who had learning difficulties, collapsed and died outside his home this week when his gate was smashed after 20 years' intimidation by the Mad Dogs Gang - some aged just six.
He was pelted with bricks and hounded for cash and cigs by the thugs on his estate in Hattersley, Greater Manchester.
Neighbour Lynne Barker, 47, who filmed his ordeal seven years ago, said: "David suffered hell because of these kids.
"They threw stones, abused him and threatened him as he had a mental age of eight and was an easy target."
Her film also shows David, 64, who had CCTV installed, biting his hand in frustration then trying to escape the gang.
One hoodie said yesterday: "We all did it. But I know now he must have been scared."
Kial Cottingham, 18, is due in court today after being charged with harassment.
A lad of 18 arrested on suspicion of manslaughter on Thursday has been bailed until June 7

FACEBOOK killer Peter Chapman was released early from a jail sentence for rape after a probation worker told his victim: "Don't worry, he's completely rehabilitated."
The woman pleaded with authorities because she was convinced he was still a danger to others.
He served just four years for the knifepoint rape of the 17-year-old in Middlesbrough in 1996.
The victim said yesterday: "He was a monster, anyone could see that. He hated women and it was obvious to me that he would go on to kill.
"The authorities assured me he was completely rehabilitated. They told me not to worry."
Chapman, 33, raped and murdered Ashleigh Hall, 17, near Sedgefield, Co Durham, last October after grooming her on Facebook. He was jailed for life at Teesside Crown Court on Monday.

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