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A serious case review will be carried out relating to the death of Levi-Blu Cassin

Danielle Cassin, 27, and Mark Piper, 31, were cleared of murder and manslaughter  on Friday after a five-week trial at Birmingham Crown Court. Both were convicted instead of causing, or allowing, the death of their 22-month-old son who died after suffering massive abdominal injuries in their Smiths Wood flat on February 20 last year.

Cassin, of Frensham Close – a known drug addict – had been in contact with Solihull Social Services since before her son’s birth in 2011. But a child protection agreement designed to keep Levi-Blu safe was flouted by Cassin and Piper despite regular contact with social services.

Following yesterday’s verdict Edwina Grant, chair of the Solihull Local Safeguarding Children Board, said a review was underway.

During the trial it was heard how Levi-Blu was taken to crack dens by his mum, where she would smoke Class A drugs.

Piper was painted as a violent bully who previously punched two of his other children and beat a former partner, even threatening to push her downstairs when she was pregnant. But while medical evidence showed Levi-Blu must have suffered his fatal abdominal injuries at the hands of either Cassin or Piper, the jury was unable to pinpoint which of the two had dealt the fatal blow. Both denied causing their son’s injuries, or having any knowledge of how he came to suffer them.

In the end, Levi-Blu was found in cardiac arrest in the early hours of February 20. He bled to death from massive abdominal injuries caused by serious blunt force from a punch, kick, stamp or weapon.

Full story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/