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Kightley Baby Death: No Agencies To Blame
A serious case review into the death of an eight-week-old baby has found no single agency could have predicted or prevented it.
Jamie Kightley suffered fatal head injuries in March 2012 - an ambulance was called to his home in Northampton but he died in hospital.
His parents Jacqueline Parker, 21, and Adam Kightley, 24, were later jailed for seven years after being found guilty of causing or allowing their son's death.
The jury in their trial heard that Jamie was found to have more than 40 fractures, and his injuries were consistent with having been grabbed around the middle and shaken.
Kevin Crompton, independent chair of the local safeguarding children board, said: "It is clear from the report that no one agency could have predicted nor prevented Jamie's death.
But, he continued: "There were questions which, if asked, would have led to a better understanding of the circumstances surrounding Jamie's parents' history and have helped health professionals to better plan for their needs as parents.
"There were some missed opportunities to understand the risks posed by his mother and father's lifestyle and learning those lessons could help us to assist other parents who could pose a risk to their children.
"It is very doubtful that even if these things were done that Jamie would still be alive today."
During a news conference in Northampton, Mr Crompton said the couple had both had a "troubled upbringing", that there were "issues" with alcohol and drugs - Adam Kightley had previous convictions for burglary and theft and there was an allegation of assault against a former girlfriend.
The report also found that a student health visitor whose work with the family was described as "satisfactory" should have been better supervised.
It recommended better training for those involved with child protection, better record keeping and better sharing of information between agencies so that all know the "risks" to a child.
The review highlighted that there were also delays in hospital staff at Northampton General determining that Jamie's death was "non-accidental".
Mr Crompton said police believed this had delayed them treating it as a criminal investigation by four days.
At the time of Jamie's death, Mr Crompton said, local health visitors were dealing with case loads which were twice the national average.
Last summer Ofsted found that child protection in the county was "inadequate".
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