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Proper procedures could have saved baby

A four-month-old baby boy, shaken to death by his father, could have been saved if hospital staff and police had followed child protection procedures, says a report.

Sandwell Safeguarding Child Board slammed hospital staff for failing to contact social services when the boy was admitted and concluded his death was “predictable and survivable” .

They also warned other vulnerable children were at risk because child protection agencies had failed to implement vital changes to working practices.