Worthing baby’s tragic death ‘could not have been prevented’

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Early indications suggest there was nothing authorities could have done to prevent the death of a Worthing baby.

Crystal Hall-Hummel died in May last year, and last month her mum Gerogina’s former boyfriend, 27-year-old Jerome Edwards, was convicted of her manslaughter.

After the trial concluded, the West Sussex Local Safeguarding Children Board started an independent serious case review on behalf of all the agencies involved with the case, including West Sussex County Council which described the case as a “tragedy”.

And while the review has not been completed, initial findings suggested 11-month-old Crystal’s death was not predictable, and therefore, could not have been prevented.

Independent chairman of the West Sussex Local Safeguarding Children Board Jimmy Doyle said: “This has been a tragic case and I hope that the conclusion of the trial will offer some form of closure to Crystal’s mother and family.

“West Sussex Local Safeguarding Children Board has undertaken a Serious Case Review, which has involved all the agencies who worked with Crystal and her family.

“Now the trial has concluded, we will be in a position to approach Crystal’s mother and other family members.

“With information from them and the trial, we will be able to finalise the Serious Case Review and its conclusions, which will be published in due course.”