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September 16, 2013

UK calls for 'Daniel Pelka's law' after child's murder

Proposal would require adults who spot signs of violence or neglect to notify authorities.

Photo via West Midlands Police.

A petition calling for mandatory reporting of child abuse in the UK has received more than 50,000 signatures. The proposed "Daniel Pelka's Law" is named after a four-year-old boy who died in Coventry in March 2012 after months of abuse from his mother and step-father. The pair were found guilty of his murder in July, and given life sentences. The boy reportedly weighed just over 23 pounds at the time of his death.

Much criticism has been levelled at his school and the city's children's services, as signs of abuse were noted by school officials, but never acted upon. He reportedly had bruising, as well as facial and neck injuries, and was seen scavenging for food.