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Social workers missed vital warning signs in baby death case

It has emerged that social workers missed vital warning signs that led to a baby suffering catastrophic brain damage after being attacked by his mother's partner.

A serious case review found that the father of 13 month-old Slater Sharkey raised concerns in the weeks before his son was attacked, but officials failed to act.

Richard Morgan was convicted of manslaughter after he experienced what he called a "momentary lack of control" in December 2010 and attacked Slater while his mother was out.

The baby suffered 25 bruises to his body and died as a result.

Durham's Safeguarding Children's Board has now apologised for the failures and say recommendations have been acted upon.

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