Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Lessons to Learn from Baby's Tragic Death; REGRET AT CHANCES TO IDENTIFY RISKS THAT WERE MISSED

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Lessons to Learn from Baby's Tragic Death; REGRET AT CHANCES TO IDENTIFY RISKS THAT WERE MISSED

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Byline: CRAIG THOMPSON Chief Reporter craig.thompson01@trinitymirror.com @craigjourno

A BABY'S brutal death at the hands of her parents has sparked a major review demanding a catalogue of improvements to prevent a similar tragedy happening again.

Tequiilah Burke, who was just four months old, suffered fatal injuries when her mother Victoria Burke argued with boyfriend Paul Nicholson at their home in Crigdon Hill, East Denton, Newcastle, in the early morning of December 14, 2013.

But because neither Burke or Nicholson would reveal what really happened, prosecutors could not prove who inflicted the physical violence on the baby girl and who stood by and "did nothing to prevent it".

Now, a serious case review into the death of the 16-week-old has been published by the Newcastle Children's Safeguarding Board.

The report makes 11 recommendations to stop another child suffering the same fate as Tequiilah. These include: |improving recording systems relating to the history of families | closing loopholes that omit checks being made about risks offenders pose to children |improving response to unexpected child deaths over weekends and bank holidays Medical evidence suggested Tequiilah had been picked up and shaken and her head banged against a hard surface.

Burke, 24, and Nicholson, 20, both denied causing or allowing the death of a child but were convicted after a trial and each sentenced to eight years in jail.

Nicholson, who went on the run during the last stages of the case and was arrested after a police manhunt, admitted an offence under the bail act and was given an extra three months on top of his eight years detention. But the pair never revealed what had really happened to Tequiilah.

The review into the tragedy identified that "cases involving child neglect require extra vigilance from agencies, because the warning signs may not be so obvious".

The review identified several "procedural issues" that were missed by the agencies involved with the family. …

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