The shocking failure of social workers and doctors to spot the horrific abuse of two murdered toddlers was laid bare yesterday.
Worried relatives and friends alerted officials five times before 16-month-old Star Hobson was killed in the care of her mother and her violent girlfriend.
In another appalling case, Ella-Rose Clover was murdered aged 22 months after doctors failed to raise the alarm about abuse she had suffered.
She was taken to hospital nine times in the seven months before her death with bruising and internal injuries, in one case having emergency surgery to her bowel. Six doctors and surgeons apologised or admitted they should have acted differently.
In Star's case no action was taken by social workers, who were convinced the complaints were 'malicious' due to disapproval of her mother's same-sex relationship.
Her great-grandparents even warned social services: 'We don't want another Baby P on our hands.'
In another appalling case, Ella-Rose Clover (pictured) was murdered aged 22 months after doctors failed to raise the alarm about abuse she had suffered
The cases came after failings by the authorities in the murder of six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes caused outrage earlier this month. In a chilling echo of Arthur's killing, Star's carers hoodwinked the authorities into believing there was no substance to concerns raised by friends and family.
Both murders occurred after periods of Covid lockdown. Experts have warned that vulnerable children were put at risk by lack of contact with the authorities during this period.
Savannah Brockhill, 28, was found guilty of Star's murder by a jury at Bradford Crown Court yesterday.
Her partner and the child's mother, Frankie Smith, 20, was cleared of murder and manslaughter but convicted of causing or allowing the death of a child. They will be sentenced today.
Worried relatives and friends alerted officials five times before 16-month-old Star Hobson (pictured left and right) was killed in the care of her mother and her violent girlfriend
Savannah Brockhill, 28, (right) was found guilty of Star's murder by a jury at Bradford Crown Court yesterday. Pictured: Brockhill and Star's mother Frankie Smith (left)
May 2019: Star Hobson is born.
November: Her mother Frankie Smith splits from Star's father Jordan Hobson, a university student, and begins a relationship with Savannah Brockhill.
January 2020: First social services referral from babysitter Hollie Jones. Police and social services visit the family. Case is closed a month later.
February: Star goes to live with her great-grandmother Anita Smith for ten weeks and her health improves.
April: Smith takes Star with her and moves into a housing association flat in Keighley, West Yorkshire.
May: Days after Star leaves, Anita Smith makes the second referral to social services. Smith and Brockhill are visited by social workers, who accept claims that the report was 'malicious' due to the family's dislike of their same-sex relationship.
June: Smith's elder sister sends photos of the injured infant to police. Around the same time Star's father makes a third referral to social services over a photo showing bruising. Police and social services take the child to hospital to be