Social workers made series of failures over girl, four, who died after her mother plied her with 'Smarties' of methadone, heroin and ketamine so she could have sex with lover 

Mail Online | 1/11/2017 | Alexander Robertson For Mailonline
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A review into the death of a four-year-old girl who was plied with drugs by her mother has found care service professionals made a series of failures.

The report identified a 'number of missed opportunities' to better protect Poppy Widdison, who collapsed at home in Grimsby and later died in 2013.

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Her mother, Michala Pyke, 37, was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering to Poppy, alongside her partner John Rytting, 40, following a trial late last year.

However a report showed that council agencies were unable that Pyke and Rytting, both with a storied history of drug abuse, were living together until Poppy's death.

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The review by the North East Lincolnshire Local Safeguarding Children Board said agencies not know the extent to which Poppy 'was exposed to risk and harm' daily.

Interviews with relatives of Pyke revealed that they blamed aspects of her behaviour on her 'childhood experiences of racism growing up in a predominantly white town'.

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Adopted by a white British family as a child, they claimed Pyke struggled 'as a dual heritage woman in a mainly white community'.

A post-mortem could not establish what killed Poppy, but tests showed she ingested large amounts of heroin, ketamine and methadone in the months before her death.

Pyke - Rytting - Trial - Pair - Poppy

During Pyke and Rytting's trial, it was claimed that the pair fed Poppy sedatives so they could have sex, joking that the substances were like 'smarties'.

The report revealed Pyke was taken to a women's refuge while pregnant with Poppy following an assault by Poppy's father.

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She was eventually removed from the refuge by police, stating that she did not want the unborn baby and wished to terminate the pregnancy.

It was during this time in the refuge that 'a full picture' of Pyke's behaviour became apparent, the report said, yet social services still decided to cease assessing...
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