Dead Newport four-year-old was on child protection register

A four-year-old girl who was found dead at her home in Newport had been taken off the child protection register two years previously, it has been confirmed.

On 19 June officers from Gwent Police discovered the body of Zoey Anne David at an address in Bideford Close, Newport, after being called in by paramedics. Her 34-year-old mother, who had sustained serious injuries, was also at the address.

The mother was arrested on suspicion of murder and is being treated for her injuries at the Royal Gwent hospital. Police say they are not currently looking for anyone else connected with the incident.


It has been reported that the preliminary results of a post mortem examination held on Monday revealed that Zoey Anne died of suffocation.

The Newport Safeguarding Children Board said it was now looking into launching a serious case review.

A spokesperson added: “It is our understanding that this child had previously been on the child protection register in Newport in 2007 and any relevant information relating the work of agencies with the family will be considered during the serious case review process.

“At such an early stage in the police investigation and other processes we are not in a position to provide any more specific information. The focus of all agencies is to give every possible support to the family, community and school at this tragic time.”

‘Shocked and saddened’

Dr Brett Pugh, chief education officer for Newport City Council, said: “We are shocked and saddened and offer our deepest sympathies and condolences to everyone affected by this tragic news.

“We will ensure that staff, children at the school and parents are provided with every possible support.”

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