'Missed' opportunities to save baby
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Officials 'missed' opportunities to save life of baby

Opportunities to save the life of an eight-month-old baby were missed because her parents' religious beliefs were not challenged.

A serious case review by Wolverhampton Safeguarding Children Board, has recommended changes to ensure professionals have a better understanding of how religious beliefs may impact upon a child’s health and development.

Rebecca Kandare died in January 2014. She was suffering from malnourishment, pneumonia and rickets.

Her parents, Brian Kandare, 29, and Precious Kandare, 37, of Wednesfield, were jailed for nine-and-a-half years and eight years respectively after admitting manslaughter.

Alan Coe, the safeguarding children board chairman, said the baby was deliberately kept away from officials by her parents.

  • 21 Mar 2016
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