An MP is demanding an inquiry into social services actions after
a five-year-old girl was discovered this week in a frozen Highland
canal, writes Nicola Barry.
Inverness East, Nairn and Lochaber MP, David Stewart, who is a
former social worker, said only a full inquiry would reveal what
really happened to Danielle Reid.
“We need to see whether lessons can be learned to avert anything
of a similar nature happening again. No child should ever be lost
to the system in this way,” he said.
Danielle’s mother, Tracy Reid, has appeared at Inverness
sheriff court with her boyfriend, Lee Gaytor, and his brother
Christopher Gaytor. They have all been charged with attempting to
pervert the course of justice. They made no plea or declaration and
were remanded in custody for another week.
Danielle’s relatives are demanding to know why Highland
council social work department failed to take action to protect the
child, despite warnings.
Danielle’s extended family claim social workers were told
months ago that Danielle had failed to attend school. They only
visited the child’s home just before Christmas, but left when
there was no reply, it has been claimed.
A council spokesperson said an internal investigation was
“There will be a full review of any contact the council had with
Danielle,” he added. “All information we have will immediately be
passed to the Northern Constabulary”.