Daniel Pelka's mother defended
The mother of Magdelena Luczak, who murdered her son Daniel Pelka, has defended her daughter and claimed that social services should also be blamed for his death.
Luczak, 27, and her partner Mariusz Krezolek, 34, are facing life sentences for murdering the four-year-old Coventry schoolboy who was systematically starved under the noses of his teachers and health professionals.
Luczak's mother Jolanta Luczak told Sky News from her home in Lodz, Poland: "I don't know who influenced her. I don't know what kind of man she met, what she did, what she was thinking but please tell the judge that she was a really normal girl. Social services should also be held responsible because they also failed the test."
Geoffrey Robinson, MP for Coventry North West, said Daniel was "badly let down" not just by "an evil stepfather and an indifferent and selfish mother" but also by his school, health professionals and social services.
He called for children's services director Colin Green to resign now, rather than in September as planned, saying: "He takes with him the indelible stain of Daniel's cruel death, which his department had failed to prevent."
Jurors took less than four hours to unanimously convict Luczak and Krezolek following a nine-week trial at Birmingham Crown Court. They battered Daniel to death after a six-month campaign of cruelty in which he was denied food, ''imprisoned'' in a locked box room and force-fed salt.
The pair, both originally from Poland, also forced Daniel to perform arduous punishment exercises such as squats or running, while hoodwinking teachers and doctors into believing his weight loss was due to an eating disorder.
Krezolek moved to Britain in 2006 despite the fact that Polish police were hunting him after he violated the terms of a suspended sentence, it was claimed. His sister, who asked not to be named, told the Daily Mail from the family home near Wroclaw, Poland: "My brother is still on the wanted list in Poland. He has brought public shame on the family."
Daniel's death, which occurred weeks after teaching staff saw him with bruising to his neck and black eyes, is being reviewed by Coventry's Safeguarding Children Board.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said that Daniel's "vile, evil murder" should be "on all of our consciences". Mr Clegg said an independent person would be named as soon as possible to hold a serious case review into Daniel's death, which would play "a disproportionately important role in showing what more we need to do to make sure that people don't fall between the cracks".