Gravesend baby attack could not “have been predicted or prevented”

PUBLISHED: 15:55 11 February 2013 | UPDATED: 15:55 11 February 2013

A review into the life-threatening injuries inflicted on a month-old baby has found there was no evidence they could have been predicted or prevented.

Nathan Rawling, 36, formerly of St Gregory’s Crescent, Gravesend, was sentenced last week to 10 years for the attack in December 2011.

The Kent Safeguarding Children Board’s management review concluded there was never any information that suggested “a risk of physical harm”.

It said: “There is no evidence arising from this review to suggest the baby’s injuries could have been predicted or prevented.”

The review addressed the roles of Darent Valley Hospital, Kings College Hospital, the Kent Community Health NHS Trust, Kent Police, Kent County Council Children’s Services, and GPs but found no “significant weaknesses” in any agency.

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