Girl, 13, could still be alive today if abuse ‘warning signs’ had been addressed

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A 13-year-old girl who died after a year of neglect could still be alive today if action had been taken over ‘warning signs’.

A child protection probe has now been launched into how Robyn Goldie’s mum was able to get away with abusing her, the Daily Record reports.

Callous mum Sharon Goldie was yesterday jailed for three-and-a-half years for leaving her daughter to die on a couch while she went to the pub in Wishaw, North Lanarkshire, Scotland.

Judge Lord Beckett told the Edinburgh High Court he found it “troubling” that concerns for Robyn’s welfare were raised a year before the school girl died in excruciating pain from an untreated stomach ulcer.

North Lanarkshire Council, who were responsible for Robyn’s social care, yesterday confirmed it is now to examine the findings of an external independent review ordered by its Child Protection Committee in a bid to prevent further harm to other vulnerable youngsters like Robyn.

NSPCC Scotland blasted Goldie’s behaviour as “deeply disturbing” as she was sentenced for subjecting Robyn to a year of neglect and abuse culminating in her failing to get medical treatment for her sick child.

Lord Beckett told her it was “a crime involving considerable cruelty over a long period” and he had no alternative but to send the mum to prison.

Goldie, 45, pleaded guilty to wilful ill treatment and neglect of her daughter over the period of a year from July 2017 and July 2018 when her daughter died after developing peritonitis due to a perforated stomach ulcer.

During that period, Goldie hit Robyn, pulled her hair, bit her and spat at her and prevented her from getting timely and adequate medical treatment.

Doctors said Robyn would have been expected to survive if her condition was discovered.

She had begged for her help in the days leading to her death, complaining she was “hurting all over”. But Goldie accused her of “attention seeking”.

The mum went to a local pub on the day of her daughter’s death and returned to find her lying slumped across a sofa.

She told paramedics her daughter was “at it” when help eventually arrived.

Robyn had previously enjoyed a stable life living with her gran but was returned to her mum’s care in 2017.

Lord Beckett told Goldie: “It is a very regrettable situation that in 2017 you found yourself with responsibility to care for a daughter aged 12 whom you had ceased to care for because of child protection concerns over physical neglect when she was four.

“I note that you declined the offer by social workers of parenting classes when Robyn was returned to you in 2017.

“It is troubling to learn from the narrative that warning signs were picked up at school, by neighbours and social workers and yet this situation was allowed to continue for more than a year, culminating in considerable pain, anxiety and suffering and the death of a child of 13.”

When the Record put the judge’s remarks to North Lanarkshire Council they confirmed the issue had been investigated.

Marian Martin, Independent Chair of the North Lanarkshire Child Protection Committee, said: “The circumstances of Robyn’s death have shocked and saddened the whole community in North Lanarkshire.

“The Child Protection Committee commissioned an external independent reviewer to examine all aspects of the case and now that court proceedings have concluded, the review will consider the findings.

“The final report will analyse practice, identify learning and outline any recommendations for improving support to older children across agencies.”