Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'AT RISK' GIRL IS MURDERED WITH MOTHERBoyfriend Held over Girl and Mother Murders; Social Services Fail to Save Girl from killerNEIGHBOURS REPORTED VIOLENT ROWS AT THE HOME OF MOTHER AND 'BUBBLY' SIX-YEAR-OLD

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'AT RISK' GIRL IS MURDERED WITH MOTHERBoyfriend Held over Girl and Mother Murders; Social Services Fail to Save Girl from killerNEIGHBOURS REPORTED VIOLENT ROWS AT THE HOME OF MOTHER AND 'BUBBLY' SIX-YEAR-OLD

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Byline: JUSTIN DAVENPORT

A GIRL of six who was on a social services "at risk" register was murdered with her mother.

The bodies of Ukleigha Batten-Froggatt and 34-year-old Nicole Batten were found after police broke into their flat in Somers Town.

Ukleigha had been strangled and her mother stabbed in the chest.

Today it emerged that the girl had been under the watch of social workers amid concern that she was being neglected because of her mother's heavy drinking.

Neighbours had reported violent rows between Miss Batten and her boyfriend, a suspected drug addict, who had moved into the flat three weeks earlier.

There were also reports that the mother may have been taking crack cocaine.

The deaths raise echoes of the shocking case of Victoria Climbie, the eight-year-old who died in February 2000. A report found that childcare professionals at Haringey council had missed eight opportunities to save her life and had closed the file on her a week before she died.

In another case, Toni-Ann Byfield, seven, was under the care of social services when she was shot dead with her drug-dealer father on the doorstep of his Kensal Green bedsit.

Camden social services confirmed today that Ukleigha had been on a multi-agency child protection register.

The council has launched a "combined review" with police into the circumstances surrounding her death.

A spokesman said: "We will look at all the support and intervention given to the family by the agencies. We cannot comment further while there is a police investigation."

Miss Batten's partner Mark Nicholas is being questioned today in connection with the double murder.

He was arrested at a bed and breakfast in Hackney last night after police issued his name and photograph in connection with the killing.

Detectives were called to the address just before 7pm yesterday after a member of the public recognised the picture.

Nicholas, who is believed to be from Pembrokeshire, was being interviewed at a police station in east London. …

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