June 21, 2014
A baby who was shaken to death by his violent stepfather could still be alive today if it wasn’t for a host of ‘catastrophic mistakes’ at a hospital, an independent report has found.
Kyle Keen was 16 months old when he suffered severe brain haemorrhaging after being shaken by Tyrone Matthews.
The 32-year-old from Walsall was jailed for six-and-a-half year in December 2007 after he pleaded guilty to manslaughter at Wolverhampton Crown Court.
The baby’s mother Kerry McIntosh, then aged 21, also from Walsall, admitted cruelty by neglect and was given a six-month suspended prison term.
But an independent report ruled that there was a ‘significant probability’ the little boy would not have died if an intervention had taken place.
Now Kyle’s biological father Robert, 31, has said he hoped lessons had been learned as his son would ‘probably still be alive’ if cared for properly by health professionals.
Just a week before his death, the report said that staff at Walsall Manor Hospital noticed bruising on Kyle’s arms a week before his death but failed to act.
Junior doctors and nurses who examined the toddler also believed he was being abused but a consultant paediatrician stopped them from alerting police and social workers, it said.
The report listed a catalogue of errors by medics who treated him leading up to his death on June 30, 2006.
They included ‘serious errors of judgement’ that may have led directly to further injury to Kyle after his admission on June 21.
It also found that the staff who raised concerns should have pursued those further, even though a senior colleague disagreed, that record keeping at the time was poor, inadequate and contained numerous omissions, and that the trust did not take ‘appropriate action’ at the time to investigate thoroughly.
The little died following his transfer from Walsall to the paediatric intensive care unit in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, when a bleed on the brain was diagnosed.
He had been admitted a few days previously on June 21, 2006, where bruises were noted but no follow-up action was taken and he was discharged.
He was then admitted to the hospital again on June 29 with a brain injury and died a day later.
Dr David Drew was the head of the paediatric department at Manor Hospital at the time.
He later acted as a whistleblower in the case and said he had tried to raise concerns over his death and a member of staff in the department.
Yesterday he said a number of medical staff had told a consultant who had seen Kyle that the case needed to be referred to social services.