"Preventable" death of baby "deeply alarming"

A Child Practice Review that found the murder of a baby could have been prevented is “deeply alarming” – South Wales Central AM Andrew RT Davies has said.


18 month-old Elsie Scully-Hicks died in May 2016 after being suffering catastrophic injuries at the hands of her adoptive father – Matthew Scully-Hicks – who has since been convicted of her murder.


Cardiff and the Vale’s Regional Safeguarding Children Board found that there were “missed opportunities” by social services in the Vale of Glamorgan to intervene – and professionals “failed to see a pattern emerging” with injuries Elsie had suffered.


It has been confirmed that no action has been taken against social workers following these failings – something Mr Davies warned would “repulse many people”.


All mistakes must be learned from so a tragedy like Elsie’s death never happens again – he said. 


Mr Davies said, “It is deeply alarming that Elsie’s tragic death has been found to have bene preventable – and the fact no one has been disciplined will repulse many people.


“The evidence is compelling – and it is clear that Matthew Scully-Hicks should never have been allowed near a vulnerable child – leave alone a baby.


“It is vital these mistakes are learned from so that something as sickening as this can never be allowed to happen again.”