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Oliver Sargent death: Safeguarding opportunities missed

Health professionals missed “several opportunities” to safeguard an 11-month-old boy before he died of a skull fracture inflicted by his father, a serious case review has found.

Paul Thomas, from Telford, was jailed for 10 years in April for the manslaughter of his son Oliver Sargent. Oliver’s mother Ashlea was convicted of causing or allowing his death. The infant could have been removed from his home had the abuse been recognised earlier, the review concluded. Oliver’s parents, whose relationship was described in the report as “unstable”, took him to the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford on four occasions.

He was was seen by a number of doctors there and one questioned if the injuries could have been non-accidental, but another, a consultant, accepted Oliver’s mother’s claim that he was a “very active child who rolled on to toys”.

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Paul Thomas was acquitted of murder but convicted of the manslaughter and his wife Ashlea waws cleared of murder and manslaughter

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