Father Injects Toddlers With Heroin 'To Get Them To Sleep'

A father in England is alleged to have injected his toddlers with heroin "to make them sleep," according to a harrowing report.

The Child Safeguarding Practice Review report for the county of Lancashire said social care officials received information that two young children had "been injected with heroin to make them sleep" by their 37-year-old father in late 2019.

It said the two children, given the fake names Chloe and Harper in the report, were taken for medical examinations, where they tested positive for the opiate.

Following the positive tests, a rapid review meeting was held where social care officials concluded the children had been seriously harmed.

The report, published on October 5, added the threshold "had been met due to the suspected chronic neglect that all four children had experienced for a long period."

According to the report Chloe, aged 1.5 years, and Harper, aged 2.5 years, and two other children, aged 9 and 16, no longer live with their parents but do still reside in the north of England.

Amanda Clarke, a safeguarding advisor who authored the report, explained how social care officials learned about what had happened to the children.

She said: "In November 2019, an older child (not within the family but who has the same father as the two youngest children Chloe and Harper), alleged that Father had been injecting both children with heroin to get them to sleep.

"Safeguarding medicals were undertaken for Chloe and Harper. Positive opiate tests were eventually returned for both children, although there was no evidence of an injection site at the safeguarding examinations.

"However, when one of the children attended nursery three days later a potential injection bruise to the thigh was seen."

The report added that all four children had been subject to a child protection plan "under the category of neglect" since October 2018.

It said the neglect of the children included at different times "domestic abuse, parental mental health, substance and alcohol use and offending behavior."

The report also criticized social services and said too much emphasis had been placed on supporting the parents with their addiction and not enough time was spent on the children.

In conclusion, Clarke added: "Despite some individual professionals recognizing the unacceptable lived experience for the children, the multi-disciplinary process which occurred did not routinely help to ensure that the children's situation improved.

"The children did not always remain the key focus when decisions were being made and when services were delivered. The complex and cumulative nature of neglect for these children was a constant challenge for professionals and organizational circumstances locally at the time meant that some responses were not effective and delays occurred."

Newsweek has contacted the Children's Safeguarding Assurance Partnership's Lancashire branch for comment.

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The children were taken away from their parents. In this photo illustration, a sad child has his head between his legs while left alone at home. fiorigianluigi/Getty