TONI-ANN MUM WANTS ACTION; Inquiry on Girl's Murder 'A Must'

Birmingham Evening Mail (England), May 1, 2004 | Go to article overview

TONI-ANN MUM WANTS ACTION; Inquiry on Girl's Murder 'A Must'


Byline: ALISON DAYANI

THE mother of tragic ToniAnn Byfield, who was brutally executed while staying with a convicted drug dealer, today called for a public inquiry.

Roselyn Christine Richards, who gave up Toni-Ann as a baby, demanded a top level investigation into all aspects of what led to the murder of the seven-year-old. Miss Richards revealed she had sent her request in writing to Margaret Hodge, the minister responsible for children in care.

If her plea succeeds, it will mean all authorities involved with Toni-Ann and criticised in a report this week will have to give evidence and answer questions in public.

'We have now considered the Birmingham Area Child Protection Committee's report.

'It is alarming that the report raises far more questions than it answers,' said Miss Richards in a statement issued yesterday.

'The damning criticisms highlighting the catalogue of failures by all public authorities involved in this matter demand a public inquiry.

'Until a meeting with Miss Hodge has taken place we have no further comment.'

An independent review into the child's death heavily criticised Birmingham social services, immigration authorities and the Child and Family Courts Advisory and Support Servicefor failing to protect Toni-Ann. …

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