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CHILD KILLED A DAY AFTER MOTHER'S PLEA, COURT TOLD

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Child killed a day after mother's plea, court told A social services worker this week told a court how Ruth Neave, ...
Child killed a day after mother's plea, court told A social services worker this week told a court how Ruth Neave, accused of the murder of her son Rikki, threatened to kill the six-year-old the day before he was reported missing.

Ms Neave allegedly made the threat during a visit in November 1994 by former family aid worker Bryony Smith. Ms Smith told Northampton Crown Court: 'Ruth was saying that Rikki's behaviour was very hard to cope with. She said that if someone didn't help her with him she would kill him.'

The jury heard that Ms Neave had begged social workers to take her son into care as early as April 1993. Rikki was put on Cambridgeshire CC's at-risk register but remained with her.

Under cross-examination by defence QC Nigel Rumfitt, Ms Smith admitted that if she had taken the threat seriously she would have ensured that the boy was taken away.

-- A ruling which bars UK courts from hearing compensation claims against social services departments from clients is to be challenged in the European Court of Human Rights.
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