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Serious case review into murder of toddler

A lessons-learned serious case review is underway into the contact murdered toddler Keegan Downer had with child protection officers in the run-up to her death.

Baby Keegan Credit: West Midlands Police

Keegan - also known as Shi-Anne - was just 18-months-old when she died in September last year, after a horrific campaign of abuse by her legal guardian Kandyce Downer, who was a distant relative.

She suffered a cardiac arrest as a result of blood poisoning caused by her extensive injuries.

Penny Thompson, chairman of the Birmingham Safeguarding Children Board (BSCB) said:

On behalf of all the agencies who sit on the BSCB I would like to express our deepest sympathy to Shi-Anne's birth family and to those who knew and loved her.

Following Shi-Anne's tragic death, the board set up an independent inquiry, a serious case review, to establish what lessons could be learned by the agencies involved in this sad case.

Now that the criminal trial has ended the review can be completed, reflecting on information disclosed during the trial.

– Penny Thompson

The report will be published in the summer.

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NSPCC: 'Hope Kandyce sentence will deter others to such astonishing cruelty'

Baby Keegan was murdered by Kandyce Downer Credit: West Midlands Police

Children's charity NSPCC has released a statement following the sentencing of Kandyce Downer.

They said they hope the jail sentence will serve as a warning to 'deter others who would subject children to such astonishing cruelty':

Little Keegan did not deserve to be treated so abhorrently in her short life. Questions must be asked about how a woman who was entrusted with caring for Keegan ended up killing her.

A Serious Case Review must examine in detail the use of the Special Guardianship Order as well as the assessment and long term support arrangements in this case.

– NSPCC spokesman

Woman jailed for life for murdering toddler

Kandyce Downer was made Keegan's guardian in January 2015 Credit: West Midlands Police

A 35-year-old woman has been sentenced to life in prison for battering an 18-month-old child to death.

A jury at Birmingham Crown Court on Tuesday found Kandyce Downer guilty of murdering toddler Keegan, also known as Shi-Anne.

The toddler had suffered a "horrific" catalogue of more than 150 injuries, including injuries to her face and neck, over a period of months.

She was found unconscious at Downer's home in Weoley Castle, Birmingham, on 5 September last year, having suffered a cardiac arrest.

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'Barbaric' woman sentenced for murdering toddler

Kandyce Downer was made Keegan's guardian in January 2015 Credit: West Midlands Police

A 35-year-old woman has been sentenced to life in prison for battering an 18-month-old child to death.

A jury at Birmingham Crown Court on Tuesday found Kandyce Downer guilty of murdering toddler Keegan, also known as Shi-Anne.

The toddler had suffered a "horrific" catalogue of more than 150 injuries, including injuries to her face and neck, over a period of months.

She was found unconscious at Downer's home in Weoley Castle, Birmingham, on 5 September last year, having suffered a cardiac arrest.

More to follow....

Toddler Keegan Credit: West Midlands Police
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