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Tragedy avoided through intervention

A mother and her partner have been found guilty of neglecting a 3 year old boy and have been sent to prison.

The child was living in appalling conditions and was suffering from dehydration and hypothermia when he was discovered by police two years ago.  He had two black eyes, injuries over his body, and he and the walls were covered in faeces.

Sue Evans, chair of Torfaen Local Safeguarding Children Board, said it was a complex case where parents evaded professionals.  Luckily in this case the agencies involved were able to avert a tragedy.