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A man who killed his baby by throwing it into a river was “lost” to the care system after moving between areas, a serious case review found.
Zak Bennett-Eko, 23, was sentenced to a hospital warrant after being convicted of the murder for diminishing the responsibility of his son Zakari.
The review found that there had been several failures in the care of Bennett-Eko, who suffered from paranoid schizophrenia.
The Bury Council said he was “really sorry.”
Bennett-Eko, 23, threw 11-month-old Zakari into the River Irwell from a bridge in Radcliffe, Greater Manchester, on September 11, 2019.
Nightingale’s court in Salford heard that Bennett-Eko believed his son was turning into the devil before casting him to his death.
Jurors were told that he had asked to be admitted to North Manchester General Hospital three days before the tragedy.
The critical case review
The critical case review, published by the Bury Integrated Safeguarding Partnership, highlighted 13 factors that “produced an avenue of harm,” including the fact that Bennett-Eko’s “learning disabilities and mental health needs were not met” in the months before the tragedy.
Paul Sharkey, who led the review, said it had been “lost” to Manchester’s adult health and social support agencies when he and Zakari’s mother, Emma Blood, were moved to Bury in June 2018 by Manchester Housing Solutions.
The report said the family’s “social isolation and vulnerability” increased.
He also criticized the “lack of a robust system” for evaluating children and families to determine interventions.
Mr. Sharkey said there was a “lack of understanding and appreciation of the inherent vulnerability of babies by various agencies.”
In August 2019, Bennett-Eko was discharged from Manchester’s Learning Disability Service due to lack of assistance.
The report said that a “flawed” assessment by Bury Children’s Social Care in May 2019 did not take into account the risks that he would miss his medication and use cannabis again.
The Bury Council said it was “really sorry” and agreed that “lessons must be learned.”
“There were failures in the way public services supported [Zak] in managing his mental health problems, which were compounded by his drug use, domestic violence and learning disability,” said Tony Decrop, deputy director of social care. and protection of authority.
“There was also an inability to fully appreciate the risk that the father posed to [his son’s].
“All the agencies involved are determined to do everything possible to prevent something like this from happening again.”
He said staff had received more training, increased supervision of social work management, and a new model of practice had been introduced for social workers and partner agencies to “strengthen working relationships with families.”
Dr Henri Giller, Independent Chairman of the Manchester Safeguarding Partnership, said “significant lessons” have been learned from the tragic case with procedures in place “to mitigate similar shortcomings in the future.”
Bernadette Enright, executive director of adult social services for Manchester City Council, said policy has now changed “to support continuity of care” and to work in a much more integrated way with colleagues in health and social care, in the mental health and learning disability services.