Couple jailed for poisoning child they planned to adopt

    A couple was jailed at Worcester Crown Court for the
    manslaughter of a three-year-old boy they planned to adopt,
    writes Sally Gillen.

    Ian and Angela Gay were given a five-year sentence for poisoning
    Christian Blewitt with salt.

    He and his younger brother and sister had been placed for 13
    weeks with the Gays in November 2002, but he died five weeks
    later.

    A serious case review is being carried out by Sandwell area
    child protection committee, which will be completed in the next few
    weeks.

    Executive director of social inclusion and health Angela
    Saganowska said: “This has been a very sad case indeed. For
    all those who knew Christian, this must have been a deeply
    upsetting time.”

    But she added that the judge made no criticism regarding the
    adoption process in this case.

    Chief executive of Baaf Adoption and Fostering Felicity Collier
    said: “It is always difficult to predict how new adopters
    will cope with the stress of parenting a child who may be sad about
    leaving their previous foster carers and may be initially very
    rejecting.”

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