Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Baby P Mother Could Be Freed in 3 Years; Anger at 'Lenient Sentence'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Baby P Mother Could Be Freed in 3 Years; Anger at 'Lenient Sentence'

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Byline: Paul Cheston and Tim Ross

BABY P's mother could be freed in little more than three years after being sentenced for his death today.

The 27-year-old's mouth gaped open as she was told she will have to serve a minimum of just five years before being eligible for parole from her indeterminate sentence.

She could walk free in August 2012 because of the time she has spent in prison. Her boy-friend, 32, who "caused or allowed" the death of Baby Peter and raped a two-year-old girl, can apply for parole in just over eight years after being jailed for life.

Their lodger, Jason Owen, was also sentenced to an indeterminate sentence with a minimum "tariff " of three years, meaning he could be out in just over two.

Children's charities condemned the

Mother attacked as 'manipulative' leniency of the sentences, handed down at the Old Bailey by Judge Stephen Kramer.

NSPCC chief executive Andrew Flanagan said: "We are disappointed that the minimum tariff was so low. It raises the question of how bad the abuse has to be before offenders get a longer minimum term in prison.

"Peter suffered sustained abuse leaving him with horrendous injuries. Two of his abusers could walk free at a time when Peter should be a schoolboy with a new world in front of him."

The row over the sentence came as a fresh inquiry into the 17-month-old's death revealed that Haringey social workers had ignored legal advice to take Baby P into care, condemning him to seven months of abuse that led up to his "horrifying" death.

Both the mother and her boyfriend, now aged 32, were cleared by a jury last November of murder and manslaughter charges but convicted of "causing or allowing" the baby's death. Peter was found dead in a blood-spattered cot in August 2007, having suffered a broken back and fractured ribs. …

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