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Death of baby was avoidable, says probe

By Karrie Gillett

The death of a toddler might have been avoided if care agencies had monitored him and his mother more closely, an inquiry has found.

Declan Hainey's body was found in his cot at his home in Paisley in Scotland in March 2010 when he would have been 23 months old. His mother, Kimberley Hainey, was found guilty of his murder in 2011 after a trial but the conviction was quashed last year.

A fatal accident inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the child's death was held at Paisley Sheriff Court in July this year.

In a written determination, Sheriff Ruth Anderson said "on a balance of probabilities, neglect was a contributory factor" and stated that defects in the system contributed to his death.

She said if information relating to Declan's mother's alcohol and drug problems had been passed to social work and health staff with responsibility for the youngster, the case might have been handled differently.

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