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The tragic life and death of Daniel Pelka: Yet another child failed by UK social services

(Written by Cobalt Rose)

Everyone to blame but no one punished: Teachers, doctors, the police and social workers escape justice after missing 27 chances to save tragic Daniel Pelka:

The following is yet another tragic, tragic story of a child who was horrifically failed by UK social services. Daniel Pelka isn’t the first, and I’m sure he will not be the last.

On March 3rd last year, Magdelena Luczak and her boyfriend, Mariusz Krezolek, called 999 to report that Daniel Pelka, Magdelena’s four-year old son, was unresponsive. Paramedics arrived at the home in Birmingham to find the little boy cold to the touch. Unfortunately, Daniel was pronounced dead in hospital. Cause of death? ‘Severe’ blunt force trauma to the head. He weighed just 20 pounds. It would later be revealed that Daniel was subjected to a regime of ‘incomprehensible cruelty’ at the hands of his mother and her boyfriend. He was beaten, starved and tortured for months before his death.

The mattress Daniel was forced to sleep on.

The mattress Daniel was forced to sleep on.

Police were called to the home 27 times due to violent, drunken rows erupting between Magadelena and Mariusz, yet nobody ever thought to look at little Daniel, who was locked in a room, forced to sleep on a filthy, soiled mattress. He was viciously beaten, force-fed salt until he vomited, had his head held under water until he passed out and was starved to the point where he was stealing and eating food from the garbage at school. In 2011, Daniel suffered a broken arm. Mariusz claimed that it happened whilst him and Daniel were playing hide and seek…. Yeah. Even though Daniel’s mother failed to turn up for a follow-up appointment for Daniel’s broken arm, no alarms were raised. In February of 2012, Daniel’s doctor reported that he was ‘severely underweight’. What did he determine was causing this weight loss? Worms. Yep, worms. Not abuse. Not surprisingly, Daniel was already known to social services. He had poor school attendance, and Daniel’s mother often failed to turn up for paediatric appointments, yet again, no action was taken.

Daniel’s school is, in my opinion, are also partly to blame for this tragedy. Teachers report that Daniel ‘looked like a concentration camp victim’, ‘an old man with sunken eyes’ and was ‘wasting away’. He had black eyes, red marks on his neck and bruising all over his body. He was often spotted eating out of the garbage. He was very timid and quiet. My God, it breaks my heart to hear how much this little boy suffered in his short life. Yet did these teachers pull their finger out and actually report any concerns, you know, like anybody with any shred of sense and morally decency would? Of course they didn’t. They instead put Daniel’s emaciated state down to a ‘medical condition’ a lie which was fed to them by Daniel’s egg donor. Unfortunately, it would be this terrible attitude, simply standing by and believing every single lie that they were given by two sick pieces of monstrous scum, that led to a little boy’s tragic and entirely preventable death.

Computerised images of some of Daniel's injuries

Computerised images of some of Daniel’s injuries

During their trial last month, like typical cowardly child abusers, Magdelena Luczak and Mariusz Krezolek denied that they had ever harmed Daniel, and when that didn’t work they blamed each other. However, there was clear evidence that they had both brutally abused the little boy. In a text sent to Mariusz just a few days before Daniel died, Magdelena said (and these are the exact words) – “Well now he’s temporarily unconscious because I nearly drowned him. He’s already in bed covered with the duvet and asleep and I am having some quiet time.” And later; “I won’t be hitting him but if I hear him when he later wakes up then he’s going back to the bathtub. I didn’t let the water out.” And; “We deal with Rudy [Daniel] after school. He won’t see grub at all.” I feel sick. That is his MOTHER. What utter, utter scum. The day before Daniel died, Luczak and/or Krezolek brutally beat him, leaving him with fatal brain trauma. They would delay calling 999, thinking that he ‘would be ok in the morning’ and there was ‘no need’ to get him medical attention.

Later during the trial, Krezolek admitted that he had force-fed Daniel salt until he was sick and had ‘physically disciplined’ Daniel, but again stated that it was Luczak who made him, and she was the primary abuser. The court decided that they were both equally responsible, finding them both guilty of murder. They were both given life, and must serve at least 30 years before being eligible for parole. I personally think they should rot, first in jail and then in the very depths of fiery Hell. They are absolutely vile and rotten to the core. I feel like crying, when I read of the horrors this little boy was subjected to in his short, tragic life. A ‘serious case review’ was conducted this week to see just HOW and WHY social services failed Daniel so terribly, and recommendations were made, and the social workers involved said that ‘lessons had been learned’, but it’s stuff that we have heard over and over again. Ever single time a child like Daniel dies in such a horrific way (Baby P, Khyra Ishaq, Victoria Climbie….) they all parrot out the same apologies and promises, and yet children still die. Daniel wasn’t the first, and he won’t be the last. Much as we would like to think that nobody would ever harm a child, there are those who do, and it seems that those responsible for protecting vulnerable children are doing very little to stop it.

R.I.P Daniel

R.I.P Daniel

“I lost my temper…”

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Stepmother accused killing 2-year-old-boy 

Meet, Autumn Dunn (29) stepmother and murdered, according to Indianapolis P.D. Autumn’s 2-year-old stepson Skyler Dunn, died a week after being taken to Riley Hospital for Children suffering from head trauma.  An autopsy revealed the cause of death to be B.F.T.

Let’s rewind back to the day Skyler was injured and the events that lead up to his death.  It appears Skyler was having a rough day, in a bad mood, tired, cranky…whatever he was crying and wouldn’t stop.  His stepmom was carrying him and was wiggling and she dropped him, on the concrete floor.  After picking him up, he continued to cry.  Autumn didn’t cuddle her stepson and make sure he wasn’t hurt, oh no that would have been too easy.  Instead, when he didn’t stop crying and wiggling she “lost her temper” opened her arms and dropped him purposely to the floor again, causing him to hit his head.

Autumn’s 5-year-old daughter told a CPS worker that her mommy would hit Skyler in the face when she got mad.  Autumn admitted she did hit the toddler in the face because he wouldn’t hold food in his mouth.  WTH!

Skyler’s injuries included to two skull fractures, hemorrhaging and edema (swelling of the brain.) He also had marks on his necks and bruises on several parts of his body, including his lower back and forehead.  When he was found by police at his father and stepmother’s house he was unconscious and cold to the touch.

Autumn Dunn has been charged with murder, two battery and four neglect charges.  She is being held without bond.

Thanks to A.J. for the tip.

R.I.P. Skyler

Who killed Aaron Sweatt?

Aaron Sweat

3-month-old found unresponsive 

Chicago Heights Police investigate death of infant 

Look at the beautiful baby boy up there, can all of you mothers on here remember your little ones when they were this little?  I certainly can, I remember never wanting them to grow up and to not need me anymore.  I tell them now at 3 and 6 that I want them to be with me forever and that growing up and tired of mommy is not an option.  

 Well, that really is the case for 3-month-old Aaron Sweat.  Aaron’s mommy and daddy don’t have to worry about him growing up or needing them anymore because on January 13th he was found unresponsive in a Chicago Heights residence.  

On, Thursday January 13th the Chicago Heights Police received a call from DCFS regarding a 3-month-old boy who was being treated for injuries at Advocate Hope Children’s Hospital.  Little Aaron had suffered multiple rib fractures and hemorrhaging on the brain.  OMG, my heart is breaking, how, how, how could anyone hurt a baby like this.  I know after reading and writing for this site, it shouldn’t shock me, but I refuse to not be appalled by this no matter how many times I read or write it.  Aaron was pronounced dead at 12:17pm Friday January 14th.  

The Cook County Medical Examiner has ruled his death a homicide.  DCFS and the police are working together to investigate the case, but as of now no one has been arrested.  Both Aaron’s mother and father are being investigated for allegations of child abuse.  Although the parents are being investigated, DCFS has had no prior contact with the family.  Aaron’s mother told the news her son was not her care at the time of the incident and she has no idea what happened to him.  We’ll see how this plays out.  

The couple’s other child was removed from the home and placed with a relative. 

I couldn’t find a whole lot on this one, if any of you live in the area can send some information my way or have an update on whether an arrest has been made I would greatly appreciate it.  I cannot stand the thought of Aaron not getting justice. 

R.I.P. Aaron, wear your wings proudly baby boy, you earned them.

Lydia Trammell was shaken, not stirred

Tecumseh infant dies; father held in connection with her death 

Medical examiner determines Tecumseh baby’s cause of death

 3-month-old Lydia Trammell died last Friday morning.  She was initially taken to the hospital by her parents, who claimed that the infant was suffering from respiratory problems.  Lydia’s mother, Sandra, told police that her daughter was gasping for breath and that her husband, Steven (33), tried using an aspirator to clear her throat.  Now…. I used one of those for my son when he was a baby, but I never put it in his mouth, but this isn’t about me.  Doctors who examined little Lydia discovered that, besides having trouble breathing, the baby was suffering from a fractured skull and two broken tibias and a broken femur; injuries likely caused by her being violently shaken.

Of course injuries like this prompt doctors to get those pesky Child Protective Services people and law enforcement involved and that’s when the shit REALLY hits the fan.  Upon questioning, Sandra Trammell told investigators that She had no idea how her baby got the injuries.  Lydia had been to the doctor on Tuesday for an ear infection.  She was also taken to the hospital because she appeared to have a tummy ache.  The diagnosis was colic.  Both are things that don’t normally kill healthy babies.  Wednesday, the day that Lydia was having “respiratory problems”, Sandra had gone to the store to get diapers.  When she returned home, Steven was on the floor, suctioning Lydia’s mouth with the aspirator.  Shortly after, both parents took Lydia to the hospital.  She was later transported via ambulance to Children’s Hospital, where she died in the early morning hours on Friday. 

Steven’s response to how Lydia’s injuries happened… He bumped her head in the bathtub, of course.  Properly quoted from the Child Abuse for Dummies handbook, I’m sure. 

Steven was arrested on a complaint of child abuse and is being held without bail.  The DA plans on filing a first degree murder charge now that Lydia is gone.    

Rest in peace, baby.  

Thanks go to Shal for this tip.