Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Mother Who Killed Her Baby Jailed for Five Years; Tragedies: A Month after the Death of Baby P in Haringey, above, Three-Month-Old Joseph Kompus Was Found with Fatal Injuries Inflicted by His Mother in the Family's Flat in Walthamstow, Left

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Mother Who Killed Her Baby Jailed for Five Years; Tragedies: A Month after the Death of Baby P in Haringey, above, Three-Month-Old Joseph Kompus Was Found with Fatal Injuries Inflicted by His Mother in the Family's Flat in Walthamstow, Left

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Byline: TIM ROSS, PAUL CHESTON

A MOTHER was jailed for five years today for killing her three-month-old boy after health workers failed to spot he was at risk.

Joseph Kompus suffered massive head wounds at the hands of his mother Maria Kompusova and died in September 2007 at the family's home in Walthamstow.

The baby's fatal brain injuries were said to be so severe that they resembled those of a car crash victim. X-rays later showed he had also suffered fractures to his legs, skull, one arm and a rib.

Joseph's death came just over a month after the lifeless body of Baby P was found in his blood-spattered cot in the neighbouring borough of Haringey.

The case of Baby P, who was 17 months old when he died, sparked outrage after it emerged that he had been seen 60 times by health and social workers and suffered 50 injuries, including a broken back, but could still not be saved.

Now an official report into baby Joseph has found that although he had never been seen by social services, he did have contact with health workers during his short life.

The serious case review, conducted in Waltham Forest, found that opportunities were missed which could have led to Joseph receiving protection.

"The pieces of the puzzle were not put together in an effort to establish the story of this child's life and the expectations of his care," the report said.

"There is a lack of systematic collection of information, analysis and recommendation. Expected standards were not met." The report called for a series of actions from Waltham Forest doctors and hospital staff to improve child protection in the borough.

Kompusova, 22, was sentenced by Judge Richard Hawkins at the Old Bailey today after she was cleared of murder but convicted of manslaughter by a jury last month.

The judge said he was sentencing her on the basis that Joseph died as a result of one traumatic incident and not a campaign of violence. …

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