Logan Mwangi: Murdered five-year-old’s injuries not picked up by doctors months before his death, report says | UK News

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Injuries to a five-year-old boy – who was murdered by his mother, stepfather and stepbrother – were not shared by doctors with others who could have taken steps to protect him, a review has found.

It found what it said could be “systemic” problems in safeguarding children, including a failure to report injuries Logan Mwangi suffered months before his death.

The little boy was fatally attacked at his home in Llansantffraid, Sarn, Bridgend, south Wales, before his body was dumped in the nearby River Ogmore last July.

His mother, Angharad Williamson, 31, stepfather John Cole, 40, and stepbrother Craig Mulligan, 14, were all convicted of murder and received life sentences following a trial at Cardiff Crown Court earlier this year.

The trial heard the child, also known as Logan Williamson, had 56 external injuries when his body was discovered.

Weeks before he died, he suffered a broken collarbone but was not taken for treatment.

The Cwm Taf Morgannwg Safeguarding Board report, published today, also highlighted how the COVID-19 pandemic limited family contact with agencies and affected the ability to deliver “optimal child protection processes”.

“As a result of this extended review of children’s practice, key learning has been identified,” the report said.

“The audit panel believes that these problems may be systemic and not isolated cases of individual failure or poor practice.”

John Cole and Angharad Williamson, who have been jailed at Cardiff Crown Court for the murder of their five-year-old son Logan Mwangi
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John Cole, Angharad Williamson and (under) Craig Mulligan
Craig Mulligan must serve at least 15 years in prison

In August 2020, Williamson took Logan to his local accident and emergency department with an arm injury, bruising to his right cheek and a broken upper arm – and concerns were raised over the delay.

However, social services and police agreed that the threshold for conducting child protection investigations had not been met at the time, given that there was limited medical information, the report said.

Cole had previous convictions, including assault on a child, possession of an offensive weapon, theft and illegal drug possession, and had served a prison sentence for burglary.

The police checked these and it was “agreed at the time that he was not a suitable person to exclusively care” for Logan or Mulligan.

Officers attended the hospital as well as the family’s home where they were told Logan’s injuries were the result of him falling down the stairs.

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A further health assessment by a pediatric doctor found “extensive bruising and injuries” on Logan, with 31 photos taken of these.

Records document that he had a bruise over the genitals, two bruises on the ankle, two bruises on the forehead, bruises on the tops of both ears, bruises behind one ear, bruises on both cheeks, a blanket blue marks on his chin, bruises to his left arm and bruises around his broken shoulder.

The report said there was “no evidence that information about these injuries was shared with agencies outside the NHS”.

Williamson claimed Logan — referred to as “Child T” in the report — would hit his head, pinch himself and said the mark on his ears was from wearing a COVID mask. No explanation was given for the mark over his genitals.

“Several of the injuries, even in isolation, should have prompted a referral,” the report said.

“If the injuries were considered by health professionals to be non-accidental, there should have been clear considerations about the number and location of injuries on the body, parental supervision provided to Child T and whether wider agency support was required.

“This in turn should have triggered a referral to child protection.”

The report also described how Cole was said to be a former member of the National Front and would subject Logan – whose father is of British and Kenyan heritage – to racial slurs.

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The report made 10 local recommendations and five national recommendations, including a call for Cwm Taf Morgannwg Health Board to commission an independent review of its practice and handling of identifying and investigating non-accidental injuries to children.

At a national level, it suggested that the Welsh Government consider an annual campaign to raise public awareness of how to report safeguarding concerns.

Paul Mee, chairman of Cwm Taf Morgannwg Safeguarding Board, apologized for the mistakes and said “agencies could and should have acted differently”.

“For these errors, we take full responsibility and apologize,” he said, pledging to “fully implement the recommendations of this review and thereby improve our safeguarding practices to prevent this from happening again”.

Lessons must be learned from the review, the Welsh Government’s deputy minister for social services said as she also apologized for the tragedy.

Julie Morgan said: “I want to reiterate how sorry I am for Logan’s father and reiterate my commitment to improving services to ensure vulnerable children are protected.”

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