Beautiful Baby Peter Connelly was born on Wednesday 1 March 2006, a healthy 7lb 1oz.
17 months later on Friday 3 August 2007, having suffered months of horrific physical and emotional abuse and neglect at the hands of his mother, Tracey Connelly nee Cox, her boyfriend Stephen Barker and his brother Jason Owen, previously Barker, Peter was dead.
Action Against Abuse was founded in his memory, so that his legacy may be one of Love.
The high level of involvement with Peter’s family from external agencies including social services, police and health professionals makes his story all the more distressing. In the months leading up to his death, Peter was visited over 60 times by representatives from various child protection agencies. Despite many individuals within these agencies identifying Peter as being at risk and suffering from non-accidental injuries, nobody took action to permanently remove him from danger and place him in a safe environment.
His story demonstrates acute, fundamental flaws within the child protection system (which can be seen to have happened previously, over and over again, all around the country), and the inability of the judicial system to truly punish those guilty of inflicting incomprehensible suffering and death on innocent and defenseless children.
We campaign for change in Peter’s memory.
Sleep peacefully brave little Angel xxx