Daniel Pelka's mother dies in prison - The Coventry Observer

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Daniel Pelka's mother dies in prison

Coventry Editorial 14th Jul, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

THE MURDEROUS mother of Daniel Pelka has died in prison.

Magdalena Luczak, who was sentenced to life in prison over the death of four-year-old Daniel, has died at HMP Foston Hall Prison, the Ministry of Justice.

A spokesperson from the prison service said the 29-year-old was found ‘unresponsive in her cell’ at approximately 7.15am on Tuesday, July 14.

They added: “Paramedics attended and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

“As with all deaths in custody there will be an investigation by the independent Prisons and Probation Ombudsman.”

The Holbrooks schoolboy was systematically tortured, starved, beaten, forced to eat salt and locked in a freezing bedroom by his parents before he was killed by a massive, final blow to the head in March 2012.

Both Luczak and her partner, Mariusz Krezolek, were sentenced to life imprisonment with a minimum of 30 years and lost appeals to their sentences in December last year.

Daniel, who would have turned eight today (Wednesday), weighed just 10kg when he was killed after agencies failed to spot his suffering.

His murder sparked a crisis in the Council’s children’s services department after a damning Ofsted report which rated the Council’s child protection performance as ‘inadequate’ – stating that city children were being left at risk of harm because of delays in social care and high caseloads.

The number of children in care in Coventry at risk of abuse and neglect has continued to remain stubbornly high at over 600, while the number of children in vulnerable families assigned a child protection plan has soared in the wake of the tragedy.

The youngster’s murder also led to the campaign to implement Daniel’s Law – legislation that would make the reporting of child abuse mandatory for professionals working with children.

In a bid to raise awareness of child sexual exploitation in the city, Council officials have worked alongside the police and other agencies to roll out the See Me, Hear Me campaign across Coventry.

Under the harrowing message, “Memories last a lifetime… Everyone has memories of their first love, but for some they won’t be happy ones”, the campaign hopes to raise the profile of abuse, and help keep children safe.

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