Chances missed to save tragic tot Kristal

TRAGIC CASE: Flowers left at the home where Kristal Davison.
TRAGIC CASE: Flowers left at the home where Kristal Davison.
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CARE workers were not made aware a tragic seven-week-old baby’s father had a history of domestic violence, a serious case review has found,

Baby Kristal Davison, who was the subject of a Child in Need plan at birth, died last April after suffering a fatal head injury.

In July, her father Lee Davison, 29, of Pontefract, was sentenced to eight years in prison after he was convicted of allowing Krystal’s death following a re-trial at Leeds Crown Court.

Kristal’s mother Jessica Hopkinson, 19, from Pontefract, was acquitted of the same charge.

Davison has a learning difficulty and previous convictions for violence, theft and damage.

The Wakefield Safeguarding Children Board’s review in to Kristal’s death has concluded that information-sharing between agencies involved “fell below expected standards”.

The review concluded that the only way Kristal’s death could have been prevented was if she had been removed from her parents, but care workers had not been made aware of his criminal history.

The review stated that if all the information had been “collated and understood more adequately, it is highly probable that Kristal would have been subject of formal child protection inquiries”.

Kristal had been seen by health professionals including a health visitor and a doctor two days before her death, but her injuries were not found.

The Wakefield and District Safeguarding Children Board document said that “police held information that would have been relevant to professionals working across agencies”.

Chf Supt Andrew Battle, of Wakefield Police, said: “The review highlighted a need for West Yorkshire Police to ‘reiterate to all staff within safeguarding units of the circumstances in which a child protection referral will be made to social care concerning police attendance at domestic abuse incidents’.

“This has been done and we will continue our efforts to ensure that appropriate referrals are made.”

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