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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

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  1. Skye Belle Matilda Brand

    What a horrible story. I don’t know what the laws are in the UK but in Australia teachers are legally required to report even a suspicion of abuse. I hope to hell that those laws are the same in the UK & the teachers who did nothing lose their damn jobs!

    1. As far as I know, sadly, over here in the UK no such laws exist. However, people have been calling for a new law to be introduced following Daniel’s death. I think the teachers involved should be utterly ashamed of themselves. One of Daniel’s teachers and the head teacher of his school actually resigned following his death, although the head teacher was later reinstated into another school. They must have been utterly blind to not think that poor Daniel was being horrifically abused. Maybe if they’d just opened their eyes and actually LISTENED to Daniel, he would still be alive today.

      1. Skye Belle Matilda Brand

        Teachers, child care workers, doctors & nurses are all mandatory reporters here. Not that it makes much difference in some of the less severe cases due to lack of funding & not enough staff (within DoCS) but it gets the kid in the system so any future reports can be auctioned with more urgency.

        1. Child psychologists and counsellors are also mandated reporters. When there’s even a suspicion of child abuse, fuck confidentiality.

  2. Oh Lord! This poor child. I wish with all my heart that I could have done something for him. His mother had no right to have children. He was left, as nothing ever should be, let alone a precious child, to deteriorate. My heart aches for him. May you rest in eternal bliss, as you should have lived when you were amongst the living.

  3. Sounds like this poor excuse for a mother was using “A Child Called It” as an instruction manual.
    I can’t understand how anyone could be so cruel to their own child….

    1. I find it incomprehensible too. I think anybody with any kind of morals or goodness in them would too. But Luczak and Krezolek are rotten to the core. My heart aches when I think of what Daniel suffered. He had two siblings who weren’t abused, but often witnessed the abuse. I can only imagine what horrors they were forced to witness.

  4. I just can’t get Daniels demise out of my head. I am at work and can’t concentrate. I am a mother of a 4 year old. I am so saddened to see the video of him running after his mother as she picked him up from school. Trying to keep up with her, and she could care less. This is so sickening and he was failed by so many people. His little face is forever sketched in my mind as is his tragically short and horrific life.

  5. I’m glad he’s finally in a place where he doesn’t have to be afraid anymore. He won’t feel any pain or go hungry again. Obviously things would never have changed if he had survived this last attack, he would just have more and more pain and suffering until he finally did die. I hope someone, somewhere showed this precious child just a tiny bit of love. Please let him have felt one minute of kindness from someone! God knows the ones who should have showered him with it never did. I hate child abusers. RIP you sweet, precious little boy.

  6. You guys always post the most adorable pictures of these poor defenseless angels… RIP baby boy- your mom is a c***.

  7. I’m so horrified by this story I can’t even think! That poor little man… my heart is just breaking right now.

  8. misSo basically this little boy didn’t have one fucking person that loved or cared about him. To even consider it pisses me off to no end! His mother is a pos that deserves to be tortured every day for the rest of her worthless life. She was his mom, it was her responsibility to keep him from harm, not inflict it. Everyone one of those people FAIL at being human. Put them all out of their misery ,just like a lame animals on the farm

    1. What’s worse is, at the end of the trial the judge said that neither Luczak nor Krezolek showed ‘a single sign’ of remorse. Not even his mother appeared to feel bad about the torture she inflicted (and allowed to be inflicted) upon her own child. She’s a monster. They both are.

  9. I live in the US where teachers and childcare providers must report anything suspicious. A lot of times a child may have a bruise or cut from just playing, but when it’s constant, the child is frail, eating out of garbage, etc then there’s a problem that needs to be reported.

    1. Skye Belle Matilda Brand

      Same here in Oz. Most teachers & child care workers know the difference between a rambunctious child who is busy & bumpy & a child who is being abused. In abuse cases there will be emotional & behavioural indicators as well as physical marks. The number of incorrect reports is minimal. There are more false reports made by members of the public out of spite than there are incorrect reports by mandatory reporters.

  10. Skye Belle Matilda Brand

    When DD1 was 9 months old I put her on my Mum’s bed for a snooze while we were visiting & she chose that particular day to learn to commando crawl…right off the bed! At the hospital we were grilled by the staff about the fall. They talked to us separately (I guess to make sure our stories were the same). In the end they were satisfied that this wasn’t abuse, just a very tired Mum who should have engaged her brain before choosing a sleep location for an almost mobile bubby. I don’t understand how her bump on the head garnered so much attention (rightfully so) while this level of abuse can go ignored.

  11. Skye Belle Matilda Brand

    Oh, & I wouldn’t let my dog sleep on that mattress!

    1. I wouldn’t even put that mattress through a wood chipper and use it as mulch on my garden!

  12. F**K Sake!!! Totally so sad for all of these wee angels suffering any sort of neglect and/or abuse. Its never ending 🙁

  13. What a beautiful beautiful little boy! I wish I could pull him out of that picture and hug him tight.
    That mattress looks not only urine and blood-stained, it looks like there’s black mold growing on either end of it. Awful! 🙁

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