Tyler Redhead inquest hears of mystery injuries

Tyler Redhead's house
Image caption The court was told there are no known photographs of Tyler Redhead

A Leicestershire baby who died of head injuries suffered other, unaccounted for, injuries, an inquest has heard.

Loughborough Coroner's Court heard that when Tyler Redhead, from Earl Shilton, was rushed to hospital in 2007 he was also found to have broken bones.

His father, Craig, told police he had shaken the 14-week-old after finding him unconscious.

Coroner Robert Chapman recorded a narrative verdict giving only the circumstances of the death.

The inquest was told a post-mortem examination found "non-accidental" injuries on Tyler, some which were up to four weeks old, and there was evidence of sexual abuse.

'Vulnerable lives'

The court heard both Mr Redhead and Tyler's mother, Zoe Harris, were heroin addicts with a history of domestic violence and had frequent contact with social services.

Care workers were informed when Tyler was taken to hospital in July with a bloodshot eye, though doctors said this could have been an infection.

On the evening Tyler was found conscious, Mr Redhead had been left to look after him while Ms Harris went out. Tyler died of his injuries the next day.

A murder charge against Mr Redhead, who did not attend the inquest, was later dropped due to insufficient evidence.

A serious case review found more could have been done to help Tyler and the county council said those involved had been disciplined.

Mr Chapman said that while there had been shortcomings in his care, systems had changed since Tyler's death.

Paul Burnett, from the Safeguarding Children Board for Leicestershire & Rutland, said: "All the agencies that work with children in Leicestershire have taken action which has improved quality of service and it is less likely that this would happen today than in 2007."

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