Five-year-old Logan Mwangi’s voice went unheard by authorities during his short life, an examination detailing the serious injuries he suffered has revealed.
Almost a year before his death, the boy was seen by a doctor who noted that the child had multiple bruises on his body and a blue mark near his genitals.
Thirty-one images of injuries were taken during a health assessment undertaken by a pediatrician in August 2020, a review commissioned by the Cwm Taf Morgannwg Safeguarding Board said.
The injuries included a 1cm blue mark above the child’s penis.
Logan’s mother, Angharad Williamson, told the Health Council she did not know how the mark happened.
Other injuries included bruising to his ankle, forehead, ears, arm, cheeks and a bruise to his chin.
Williamson said Logan would hit his head, pinch himself, and the mark on his ears was from a mask.
The little boy was present during the discussion between his mother and a health worker, the magazine said.
He said he fell down the stairs and agreed when his mother gave the cause of bruising his ears as being from a mask being worn due to the pandemic.
He also said he hit his head and pinched himself when he got angry.
The review concluded there was no evidence that the injury information recorded by the doctor had been shared with bodies outside the Board of Health.
The board, which released its review on Thursday, said there had been an absence of one-on-one sessions with Logan outside of his family home.
The review said this was partly due to restrictions during the pandemic, as well as “resulting pressures on child protection systems at the time, such as high levels of staff absences “due to Covid 19.
The review said Logan’s “voice went unheard” and that the “complexity of adult relationships” involved in his care “overshadowed the line of sight of professionals towards him”.
“There was no knowledge of the reality of his lived experience,” he added.
The review said there was a failure to share some of Logan’s injuries with “services that could have taken appropriate action to protect him.”
He said multiple injuries, even isolated ones, “should have triggered” a referral to child protection.
Weeks before his death in July 2021, Logan suffered a broken collarbone but he never received medical treatment, the lawsuit of his killers said.
While sentencing Logan’s mother, Angharad Williamson, stepfather John Cole and 14-year-old half-brother Craig Mulligan earlier this year, Judge Jefford said Logan had been the victim of an “attack brutal” before his death.
She told the trio: “Because he was killed in his own home and by his own family, it is not possible to be sure exactly what happened to him but what is very clear is that is that shortly before his death, this little boy – three feet and five inches tall and weighing only three stone and a pound – was subjected to a brutal attack.
She said the injuries Logan sustained were the “kind of injuries you see in abused children.”
“Inflicting these injuries on a helpless little five-year-old child is just awful,” she added.
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