Two brothers recently placed into foster care by Doncaster Council have been charged with attempted murder and robbery against two boys in the Edlington area of the city.
The victims, boys aged nine and 11, are seriously injured in hospital following an incident on 4 April. The 11-year-old was found partially conscious with life-threatening injuries to his head, and the nine-year old had injuries to his face and arm, South Yorkshire Police confirmed.
The brothers, aged 10 and 11, were found in nearby allotments after the incident and charged today.
The case has resulted in widespread media publicity following recent reports of child protection failings at Doncaster Council.
Paul Hart, managing director of Doncaster Council said, “This is a truly shocking and upsetting incident and we are working closely with our partners to assist the investigation.
“We can confirm that the two boys in custody have recently been placed into foster care. As this is an ongoing criminal investigation we cannot add anything further at this time.”
Gareth Williams, director of children’s services said: “It is crucial that people understand that this is a one off, rare incident that we are taking very seriously. We have today referred the case to the Doncaster Safeguarding Children’s Board where a full review will be carried out to investigate all the circumstances surrounding this case.”
“Across the country there are hundreds of children in care who will no doubt feel that this situation reflects badly on them and it is important that people understand that just because children are not looked after by their own parents that they are capable of this sort of violence. This is not the case and it is crucial that no other children suffer because of this situation.”