Hull boy’s drowning ‘not preventable’

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Published: Monday 27th October 2014 by The News Editor

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A serious case review has found that the death of a Hull toddler who drowned in a bath could not have been prevented.

Riley Lewis, two, drowned in January last year while his mother, who had a cocktail of drugs in her system, passed out for up to two hours at the family home in Orchard Park.

Kerry Abel, who had taken heroin, cocaine, cannabis, diazepam, temazepam, nitrazepam, methadone, tramadol and the painkiller pregabalin, was jailed for three years in July after being found guilty of the boy’s manslaughter at Sheffield Crown Court.

The report, by Paul Tudor, independent chair of the Hull Safeguarding Children Board, found that the death could not have been anticipated by local social services.

But it reveals Abel had not attended several meetings with drug intervention services in the weeks before Riley’s death.

The report highlighted a need for an awareness campaign on the dangers of mixing medications and drugs.

Copyright Press Association 2014

Published: Monday 27th October 2014 by The News Editor

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