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RETIRED SURREY CC OFFER EXPLAINS CHILDMINDER MOVE

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A retired Surrey County Council officer has explained to London's High Court how a childminder investigated over my...
A retired Surrey County Council officer has explained to London's High Court how a childminder investigated over mystery injuries to a baby boy was later allowed to look after another infant.

Mr Peter Bodycomb said he had made a 'firm recommendation' to childminder, Christine Walton, should only care for children aged three and over.

But the recommendation - which Mrs Walton and another council officer maintain was no more than a suggestion - was not recorded on her childminding certificate and was not enforceable, the court heard.

Less than two months later, the second baby allegedly suffered a series of similar injuries - allegedly whilst in Mrs Walton's care - culminating in severe brain damage, the court was told.

The mother of the second child, Mrs Cora Dowling, 33, is now suing Mrs Walton, 36, her husband Martin, 38, and Surrey County Council over the injuries suffered by her four-month-old son, Thomas, on September 13, 1989.
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