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Birmingham City Council: 'We did fail Khyra'

The death of a seven-year-old girl who starved to death could have been prevented, a report has found.

Khyra Ishaq was mistreated by her mother and her partner at a house in Handsworth, Birmingham, and weighed just 2st 9lb (16.5kg) when found.

The Serious Case Review into her death found there were a number of missed opportunities by professional agencies.

Head of children's services at Birmingham City Council Tony Howell, who is due to retire next year, apologised for the failings by agencies.

  • 27 Jul 2010
  • From the section UK