12 Oct 2001
Foster parents jailed for battering four-year-old
Social workers did nothing to protect him even though he was often covered in cuts and bruises.
By the time paramedics were called, John Smith had suffered a brain haemorrhage, his body was covered in 54 visible injuries – including three adult bite marks – and clumps of his hair were missing.
He died the following day, Christmas Eve 1999. Yesterday, his foster parents Simon and Michelle McWilliam were jailed for eight years for child cruelty.