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Hull Riley Lewis drowning death 'could not be prevented'

Riley Lewis Image copyright Humberside police
Image caption Riley Lewis was found floating face down in a bath at his home in January 2013

The death of a toddler who drowned in a bath could not have been prevented by social services, a report has found.

Riley Lewis, two, was found by his mother, Kerry Abel, 38, floating face down in a bath at his home in Hull in January 2013.

She had eight different drugs in her system at the time and was sentenced to three years in prison in July.

A Hull Safeguarding Children's Board report stated local agencies could not have predicted Riley's death.

Abel, of Orchard Park Road, was found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence at Hull Crown Court. She had denied the charge.

A serious case review was commissioned after Riley's death.

'Drugs awareness campaign'

The review heard evidence that Riley and his siblings were generally well cared for by their mother.

But Abel had failed to attend GP appointments on "many occasions" and she was "reluctant to engage with services".

The report suggested this was "more likely to be related to her lifestyle and her involvement in illicit substances culture".

Paul Dyson, independent chair of the Hull Safeguarding Children Board, said: "There is always learning in every case and the review has made recommendations designed to further develop our work in keeping children safe from harm."

The recommendations include a drugs awareness campaign by the local Public Health Service and a new forum for GPs to "identify areas of concern" and share best practice.

Mr Dyson said work was under way "to implement these recommendations".

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