Finley Boden, a child deserving maximum protection from council

Baby Finley Boden died ‘as the result of abuse when he should have been one of the most protected children in the local authority area’, a safeguarding review into his murder has said.

The 10-month-old was killed by his drug addict parents, who beat him to death during the Covid lockdown, just 39 days after social services put him back into their care.

A post-mortem would find he had suffered 71 bruises, 57 fractures and ‘crushed and twisted’ bones at the hands of Stephen Boden and Shannon Marsden – the pair were later jailed for a minimum of 29 and 27 years, respectively.

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