A significant case review into the death of a toddler murdered by his mother and her civil partner has found “missed opportunities across services” which could have “potentially prevented” the harm he suffered.
However, the independent review found Liam Fee’s death “could not have been prevented” and his mother and her partner were “manipulative, devious and hindered services”, playing workers against each other.
Rachel Trelfa and her civil partner Nyomi Fee were jailed for life last July for murdering Liam at his home near Glenrothes on March 22, 2014.
He had suffered fatal heart injuries similar to those found on road crash victims and spent the last few days of his short life in agony from an untreated broken leg and fractured arm.
The pair - originally from Ryton, Tyne and Wear - were also behind a catalogue of unspeakable cruelty against two boys in their care, one of whom they tried to blame for Liam’s death.
The case shocked a community and raised questions about the effectiveness of professionals linked to the case, given a number of people had raised concern’s about the child’s welfare
The independent review, led by Dr Jacqueline Mok, was published today which listed a raft of reccomendations in a bid to prevent a similar tragedy.