Thursday, February 27, 2014

Dad jailed for 6 months for killing 19-month-old daugher; agency "failure" blamed (Belfast, Northern Ireland)

A violent father murders an infant girl, and everybody and everything is blamed. Except Daddy, who only got six months for the crime. It was an agency "failure." It was Daddy's PTSD. It was this, it was that.

Read carefully, and you'll see that dad LIAM CULVERHOUSE was violent before he was in the Army. But notice that nothing more is elaborated about that.

None of this bull crap would fly with a mother. Oh, the poor little mommy suffered from trauma and that's why she slaughtered the baby? Nobody would care, and you can just about bet she'd be doing years of prison time.

Child death review finds 'failures'

Liam Culverhouse was last month jailed for six years after admitting killing his 19-month-old daughter

26 February 2014

A serious case review has found failings by health professionals who missed opportunities to save a baby girl killed by her ex-soldier father who was wounded in Afghanistan.

The report said there had been a failure by agencies to "discover or take into account the troubled background" of Liam Culverhouse in the run-up to the death of his daughter Khloe Abrams.

There were also difficulties in information-sharing and communication, and an inability by medical services to identify and respond to Khloe's significant injuries.

Lance Corporal Culverhouse was last month jailed for six years after admitting killing his 19-month-old daughter.

He lost his right eye in a rogue attack at an Afghan National Police checkpoint in Nad-e-Ali, Helmand province, in November 2009.

Five of his comrades were killed in the attack.

Eighteen months after returning home, Culverhouse assaulted his then seven-week-old daughter Khloe at the family home in Northampton, leaving her fighting for her life in hospital for nearly 18 months.

Culverhouse, who was medically discharged from the Army, pleaded guilty to causing or allowing the death of the toddler.

Medical professionals found in 2010 that he had begun to have some Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD) symptoms and was feeling irritable.

A Serious Case Review (SCR) into Khloe's death by Northamptonshire Local Safeguarding Children Board found that there was a "failure to discover or take into account the troubled background of the father when providing universal services", as well as difficulties in inter-agency information-sharing and communication, and an "inability to identify and respond to the significant injuries suffered by the child".

The SCR found that nothing was ever discovered about the "maltreatment the child suffered during a short life" despite there being opportunities to do so.

In addition, had information about Culverhouse, who had a troubled and violent background that worsened following his injuries in Afghanistan, been properly shared it "should have led professionals to be very concerned about the safety of the child".

Khloe was admitted to hospital on May 8 2011 and found to have multiple injuries.