Manchester case: Family of dead boys known to children’s services

Manchester Council has confirmed that the family of Romario and Delayno Mullings-Sewell, the young brothers found dead at their home on Wednesday, were known to children’s services.

Director of children’s services Pauline Newman said she and senior council staff were “urgently considering the nature, extent and appropriateness of children’s services’ involvement with the family”, which would inform the serious case review into the boys’ deaths.

A 21-year-old woman, believed to be the boys’ mother, Jael Mullings, was arrested and sectioned under the Mental Health Act after two-year-old Romario and three-month-old Delayno were found at their Cheetham Hill home.

Newman said: “Children’s social care were not currently involved with the family, however in recent months the family were in receipt of community support services, including nursery and childminding provision, whilst the mother was attending higher education classes.”

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