Council leader calls for 'national debate' on child abuse

The leader of Coventry City Council has called for a national debate on how to stop child abuse in the wake of Daniel Pelka's death.

Councillor Ann Lucas told ITV News Central she believes a government select committee should examine ways of preventing future similar tragedies.

Daniel Pelka died after being starved and beaten by his mother,  Magdalena Luczak (left), and step-father Mariusz Krezolek
Daniel Pelka died after being starved and beaten by his mother, Magdalena Luczak (left), and step-father Mariusz Krezolek Credit: West Midlands Police

Four-year-old Daniel was beaten and starved by his mother, Magdalena Luczak, and step-father Mariusz Krezolek, who are both serving prison sentences for his murder.

A serious case review found authorities had missed numerous opportunities to intervene in the abuse.

The comments from Councillor Lucas come as a peaceful protest is due to be held outside the council house this afternoon to demand answers over how he was allowed to slip through the net.

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Protest over Daniel's death

A protest is due to be held outside Coventry council house today demanding answers on why four-year-old Daniel Pelka was allowed to slip through the system. It coincides with a bid to introduce 'Daniel's law'.