Logan Mwangi was failed by docs who took 31 photos of his damaged bones and in depth bruises within the months earlier than his dying, however didn’t inform police and social companies.
The defenceless five-year-old was fatally attacked at his dwelling in Llansantffraid, Sarn, Bridgend, earlier than his physique was dumped within the close by River Ogmore within the early hours of July 31 final 12 months.
His mom and stepfather, together with Logan’s 14-year-old stepbrother, have been discovered responsible of his homicide by a jury at Cardiff Crown Courtroom in June.
John Cole, 40, Angharad Williamson, 31, are serving minimal phrases of 29 years and 28 years consecutively, whereas teenager Craig Mulligan was jailed for at least 15 years.
The trio murdered Logan – who had suffered 56 exterior cuts and bruises, and ‘catastrophic’ inner accidents – earlier than dumping the five-year-old’s pyjama-clad physique within the river.
A toddler apply evaluation by Cwm Taf Morgannwg Safeguarding Board – analyzing the police, faculty staff, NHS employees and social companies – in the present day recognized a number of failures within the weeks and months main as much as Logan’s dying.
It discovered that well being practitioners repeatedly didn’t report the accidents he had suffered within the 11 months previous to his dying to social companies – who may have then taken motion to guard him.
On one event, a paediatric physician took 31 photos of intensive bruising and damaged bones Logan had suffered by the hands of his household throughout a hospital go to.
However ‘no proof that details about these accidents was shared with companies exterior of the Well being Board’.
Logan was tortured, starved and compelled to do push-ups till he collapsed
John Cole, 40, Angharad Williamson, 31, should serve minimal phrases of 29 years and 28 years consecutively
Craig Mulligan (left) was not associated to Logan (proper) however was the opposite stepson of killer John Cole. He moved into the home 5 days earlier than Logan’s dying
The household reported Logan suffered burns within the bathtub on Might 7 – nevertheless it later transpired that the damage got here from Williamson urgent a scorching spoon in opposition to his neck.
However regardless of the wound – which was reported to social companies – Logan was faraway from the kid safety register simply 13 days later and not using a correct plan put in place for his well-being.
In August 2020, Logan attended his native accident and emergency unit with an damage to his arm, bruises to his proper cheek and a fractured higher arm.
A toddler safety referral was made, elevating considerations in relation to the delay in Williamson bringing Logan to hospital to obtain medical consideration for the accidents.
However social companies and police ‘agreed that the brink to undertake little one safety enquiries had not been met at that stage, on the idea that there was restricted medical info’, the report states.
Police checked Cole’s convictions and it was ‘agreed at the moment he was not an applicable particular person to solely care’ for Logan or Mulligan.
Officers attended the hospital and the household dwelling, the place they have been advised Logan’s accidents have been brought on by a fall down the steps.
In an extra well being evaluation by a paediatric physician, Logan was discovered to have sustained ‘wider bruising and accidents’, with 31 photos taken.
Information present that he had a blue mark above his genitalia, two bruises to his ankle, two bruises to his brow, bruising to the highest of each ears, bruising behind one ear, bruises to each cheeks and a carpet bruise to his chin.
Logan had additionally suffered bruising to his left arm and bruising round his damaged shoulder.
The report continued: ‘Accidents noticed on Baby T weren’t shared with companies that would have taken applicable motion to safeguard him.
‘A number of of the accidents, even in isolation, ought to have triggered a referral.
‘If the accidents have been thought of by Well being Professionals to be non-accidental there ought to have been clear issues to the variety of accidents and web site on the physique, parental supervision being afforded to Baby T and if wider companies’ assist was required. This once more ought to have triggered a toddler safety referral.’
Williamson claimed Logan would bang his head, pinch himself and mentioned the mark to his ears was from carrying a masks to guard from Covid-19. No clarification was given to the mark above his genitalia.
The next day, the household’s social state of affairs was mentioned by youngsters’s companies and well being professionals.
However the paediatric marketing consultant didn’t contemplate that Logan had suffered a non-accidental damage.
A dialogue adopted between police and kids’s companies, which agreed that Logan must be discharged from hospital into his mom’s care.
Youngsters’s companies then agreed that the referral could be closed.
The report additionally mentioned Williamson and Cole have been capable of cover their abuse of Logan due lockdown throughout the pandemic – and social staff have been too scared to drive conferences.
Logan Mwangi’s mom Angharad Williamson, 31, (left) and her associate John Cole (proper), 40, have been been sentenced to life in jail for Logan’s homicide
Logan (pictured) was discovered useless within the River Ogmore in Pandy Park, round 250 metres from the flat the place he lived along with his household in Decrease Llansantffraid, Sarn, Bridgend on the morning of July 31, 2021
An aerial picture displaying the spot the place Logan’s physique was found within the River Ogmore (circled, together with the home)
Mulligan’s identification had been anonymised attributable to his age – however a choose lifted the order of naming him after he was jailed for 15 years for Logan’s homicide
The report mentioned: ‘Covid-19 was an extra barrier to figuring out potential disguised compliance, i.e. the household showing to co-operate with professionals with a purpose to allay any considerations and cease skilled engagement.
‘That is notably obvious inside the household’s engagement in little one safety interventions, the youngsters inside the dwelling’s lack of faculty attendance and delays in looking for medical help.’
It added that social staff had a ‘insecurity in difficult the household’s potential use of Covid anxieties and Covid signs as a barrier to engagement with companies.’
The evaluation additionally discovered social staff have been so consumed with Williamson and Cole and their three-way ‘banshee’ relationship with Mulligan’s mom that they missed what was occurring to Logan.
The concentrate on the adults in the home led to an ‘absence’ of time spent with the kid.
It mentioned: ‘The complexities of the grownup relationships concerned within the care of Baby T overshadowed professionals’ line of sight to him. There was no data of the fact of his lived expertise.’
Additionally they failed to contemplate whether or not Logan’s mixed-race heritage would have made him a goal for racist abuse from Cole, who was a former Nationwide Entrance member.
The report ‘Professionals didn’t totally discover the context of Baby T’s race and ethnicity on his lived expertise.
‘With the worth of hindsight, we all know that each Grownup A (Cole) and Baby Y held and expressed racist and discriminatory views that one would count on to have made life very laborious for Baby T inside the household.’
The evaluation recognized that accidents noticed by well being practitioners on Logan, referred to within the report as ‘Baby T’, weren’t shared with companies that would have taken applicable motion to safeguard him.
It added: ‘Because of this prolonged little one apply evaluation, key studying has been recognized.
‘The evaluation panel believes that these points could also be systemic, and never remoted situations of particular person error or poor apply.’
Cole had earlier convictions together with assault on a toddler, possession of an offensive weapon, theft and unlawful drug possession, and had served a jail sentence for housebreaking.
Logan’s organic father Ben Mwangi (seen exterior courtroom in the present day) mentioned he collapsed at work when law enforcement officials knowledgeable him Logan’s tiny three stone physique had been discovered dumped in a river
‘It’s like each fibre in my physique has died’: Logan’s father’s harrowing sufferer impression assertion
The heartbroken father of murdered Logan Mwangi mentioned his son visits him in ‘recurring nightmares’ when he wakes from desires screaming and crying. Ben Mwangi mentioned he collapsed at work when law enforcement officials knowledgeable him Logan’s tiny three stone physique had been discovered dumped in a river.
In a sufferer impression assertion learn to Cardiff Crown Courtroom earlier this 12 months, Mr Mwangi mentioned the world was a ‘colder and darker place’ with out Logan. He mentioned: ‘On Saturday thirty first July 2021 I used to be at my place of business when law enforcement officials got here and advised me in regards to the dying of Logan. They advised me that his physique had been discovered within the River Ogmore within the early hours of the morning. I couldn’t imagine what I used to be listening to, I felt so confused.
‘I simply collapsed on the ground and hit my head. I simply felt like each fibre in my physique had died and couldn’t cease crying. I couldn’t perceive how one thing like this might have occurred to my son. The remainder of the day was a blur as I waited for extra info. It was so painful. The next day once I was made conscious that Logan’s mom had been arrested on suspicion of his homicide. I’m simply devastated that I couldn’t have been there to guard him.
‘The final 10 months have been hell for me. I can’t sleep and preserve experiencing recurring nightmares. My desires of Logan are so vivid, Logan comes to inform me that he okay and to examine if I’m okay. He runs into him in my arms and I maintain him tight, however he then slowly disappears till he’s now not in my arms. I get up screaming and crying. I discover it tough to return to sleep; I don’t wish to return to sleep as a result of I don’t wish to expertise these desires as a result of they’re so painful.
‘Logan was the sweetest and most lovely boy whose life has been tragically minimize brief. The world is a colder and darker place with out this heat smile and the pleased vitality with which he lived his life. The opening that has been left within the hearts of all who knew him won’t ever be stuffed. No period of time can heal the injuries which have been inflicted.’
The report has made 10 native suggestions and 5 nationwide suggestions following Logan’s dying.
These embrace urging Cwm Taf Morgannwg Well being Board to fee an unbiased evaluation into its apply and administration of figuring out and investigating non-accidental accidents in youngsters.
Nationally, it suggests the Welsh Authorities ought to contemplate commissioning a evaluation of approaches to enterprise Baby Safety Conferences to assist with figuring out finest apply, in addition to the potential for an annual Nationwide Consciousness Marketing campaign to lift public consciousness on report safeguarding considerations.
The chair of the safeguarding board which handled Logan’s case has apologised for failings.
Paul Mee advised a press convention: ‘The board and the companies that have been concerned with Logan Mwangi and his household throughout his brief life have accepted in full the findings of the kid apply evaluation that has been printed in the present day.
‘This evaluation, amongst a variety of different findings, identifies service failures the place companies may and will have acted in another way. For these failures, we take full accountability and apologise.’
He additionally pledged to ‘totally implement the suggestions made on this evaluation and in doing so enhance our safeguarding apply to stop this from occurring once more’.
Jan Pickles, the unbiased chair of the multi-agency panel which undertook the evaluation, added: ‘Had additional info from well being been shared it probably, although we can’t say for certain due to hindsight bias, would have triggered a toddler safety evaluation in step with the joint agreed tips, as the character of these accidents clearly met the brink.
‘This tragedy has proven that the multi-agency safeguarding hub was not in a position on the time to ship information-sharing, case dialogue and decision-making inside the related companies in addition to it was supposed to do.
‘This critically affected the flexibility of companies concerned to answer this case, as no company was ever capable of develop a full image of what was occurring, regardless of all companies having vital items of data.’
A Welsh Authorities spokesperson additionally mentioned: ‘It is a tragic case and our ideas are with everybody affected by Logan’s dying, notably his father.
‘The Welsh Authorities will do all the pieces we will to assist our kids’s workforce to realize the very best skilled requirements attainable.’
Cardiff Crown Courtroom earlier heard how Logan – who was simply 3ft 5in and weighed 3st on the time of his dying – was tortured, starved and compelled to do push-ups till he collapsed.
Consultants mentioned his accidents have been ‘in line with little one abuse’ and prosecutors mentioned within the months and weeks main as much as his dying, Logan had been ‘dehumanised’ by his household.
Logan’s stammer had worsened, turning into notably unhealthy round Cole, and the terrified little boy moist himself extra ceaselessly and commenced self-harming.
Choose Mrs Justice Jefford mentioned Logan was, ‘subjected to a brutal assault’, telling his killers: ‘Inflicting these accidents on a small, defenceless five-year-old is nothing wanting horrific.’
She added: ‘You might be answerable for Logan’s dying and all of the anguish that has adopted from it. As a result of he was killed in his own residence, it isn’t attainable to make sure what has occurred to him.
‘Shortly earlier than his dying, at which era he was three toes 5 inches and weighed solely three stone one pound, he was subjected to a brutal assault.’