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July 30th, 2009, 06:33 PM
A teenage couple have been arrested after the death of their baby son.
Four-month-old Jayden Al-Alas was rushed to hospital suffering from serious head injuries.
Concerned medical staff alerted police, who arrested his 17-year-old mother Chana Al-Alas and her partner Rohan Wray, 19, on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm. They were later released on police bail until next month.
Doctors at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital fought to save the baby, but he died two days later, on Saturday morning.
Yesterday it emerged that Miss Al-Alas, from Islington. North London, was known to social services and had been on a special NHS course for vulnerable parents after the birth of the baby, her first child.
But Jayden was not on Islington Council’s child protection register.
Last night friends of Miss Al- Alas and Mr Wray described them as ‘devoted parents’.
They said a head injury caused by forceps during the baby’s birth may have been to blame for his death.
On her Facebook profile, Miss Al-Alas had posted a dozen photographs of her son cuddling a teddy bear. There were also pictures of Mr Wray holding the baby. Neighbour Alison Evans, 38, said: ‘They seemed very happy together and were always taking Jayden to the park in his pram.
‘Catrina was telling me just the other week how Chana had taken to motherhood so naturally. Their home is immaculate and the baby had everything he needed.’
‘I would be absolutely shocked and devastated if it turned out they had done anything to him.’
Other neighbours said Miss Al-Alas had had a troubled past after falling in with a teenage gang, but the baby had changed her life.
One said: ‘We used to have a lot of trouble with them, but after Chana got pregnant that all changed and she was very pleasant.
‘The young man, her boyfriend, was also very polite. They seemed very much in love and devoted to the baby. They loved that child. I was told by a close friend of the family that the baby had a head injury from having a forceps delivery.’
July 30th, 2009, 08:16 PM
Maybe they thought Jayden was a living, breathing baby doll. When Jayden was more like a real live crying, pooping, baby they couldn't handle it. I think alot of kids think a baby is like having a doll, something to dress up and play with, something that will love them unconditionally. Not necessarily something they will love unconditionally, when they are too busy or too lazy to deal with them.:crazy:
July 31st, 2009, 01:03 AM
I would be interested to find out if they rule this on those damn forceps. I never heard of a baby dying 4 months after birth from that. So I don't buy it. During the birth or after etc, yeah, but not 4 months later.
August 4th, 2010, 07:22 PM
A teenage couple have been charged with the murder of their four-month-old baby boy.
Jayden Wray died in July last year after being taken to Great Ormond Street Hospital suffering serious head injuries.
Medics suspecting child abuse immediately alerted police, and Jayden's 17-year-old mother, Chana Al-Alas, and her partner Rohan Wray, 19, were arrested the same day on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm.
He died two days later. A post mortem initially failed to establish how the baby died but further tests revealed he had died from an inflicted head injury.
His mother, now 18, and Wray, 20, were subsequently arrested on suspicion of murder and this week appeared at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court charged with murdering their son and causing or allowing his death.
Islington Social Services has carried out a serious case review into Jayden's death which is now being considered by Ofsted.
His family, from Islington, north London, was not known to social services at the time and the baby was not on the child protection register.
Neighbours defended the young parents following the baby's death. Alison Evans, 38, said: ‘They are not murderers. They seemed very happy together and were always taking Jayden to the park in his pram. Chana had taken to motherhood so naturally.
Their home is immaculate and the baby had everything he needed.'
Another neighbour said: ‘The young man, her boyfriend, was also very polite. They seemed very much in love and devoted to the baby. They loved that child.
December 19th, 2011, 09:49 AM
Standing together in the dock of the world’s most famous criminal court stood two confused and sobbing parents, accused of the worst offence imaginable: beating and shaking their own baby to death.
According to prosecutors, four-month-old Jayden Wray was gripped and twisted so brutally that bones throughout his body shattered, while vicious blows to his head damaged his brain.
This horrific story unfolded over six weeks in a panelled courtroom of London’s Old Bailey. Yet today, Jayden’s father and mother — Rohan, 22, and 19-year-old Chana — are free.
The case against them was thrown out ten days ago after 60 medical and forensic experts at their murder trial disagreed over what really killed their son.
Finally, the judge told the jury to find the couple not guilty because Jayden’s post-mortem revealed he had rickets, a serious childhood bone disease which had once been eradicated in this country nearly a century ago.
The disease causes the skulls of children to weaken and their bones to easily break — symptoms which closely mimic those of a deliberately shaken baby.
Hospital doctors in Jayden’s case, it transpired, had missed a vital clue when the baby got sick and then died: his mother, Chana, had so little vitamin D in her body that Jayden did not receive the vitamin while inside her womb or when she breastfed him.
Yet theirs is a case which has profound implications for all families. For it serves to highlight a growing medical problem — one which is not only leading to false allegations of abuse against innocent parents, but which is endangering the health of children right across Britain.
As Jenny Wiltshire said: ‘The real criminality here is that if the money spent on bringing this case had been used to tell all breastfeeding mothers to take vitamin D supplements, Jayden’s death wouldn’t have occurred.
‘Rickets, which is now back to epidemic proportions, would have been wiped out.’
Last year, more than 760 babies and youngsters were admitted to hospital showing signs of the condition. At the same time, recent research among primary care trusts found that the number of children under ten admitted to hospital with rickets leapt by 140 per cent between 2001 and 2009.
Doctors say the alarming rise is often due to today’s children spending large periods of time indoors playing computer games and watching television.
At the same time, many parents worry about exposing their children to sunlight — due to the repeated warnings about skin cancer — and cover them in high-protection creams, which impede the body’s ability to produce vitamin D and, in turn, to grow strong bones.
But until now, few have pointed out one of the most worrying aspects of the crisis: babies with a vitamin D deficiency display remarkably similar symptoms to those who have been deliberately shaken by their parents or carers. This may have led to other controversial criminal trials of parents accused of harming their children when — like the Wrays — they were completely innocent.
Earlier this year, Nafisa and Mohammed Karolia, of Blackburn, Lancashire, were imprisoned for child cruelty despite their defence team arguing that vitamin D depletion led to their baby daughter’s injuries and subsequent death from broncho-pneumonia, aged seven months, in 2009.
By coincidence, the child pathologist Dr Scheimberg, who unravelled the truth about Milind’s death, also helped clear the parents of Jayden Wray.
The prosecution insisted that Jayden’s injuries to his skull, knee, elbow, shoulder, hip, ankle and wrist could only have been caused by him being intentionally shaken and having his head hit against something hard.
However, a post-mortem examination by Dr Scheimberg discovered Jayden’s ‘obvious sign of rickets. It would have left the baby with weak bones, including a weak skull, and led to a series of fractures’.
She is appalled at the way that these innocent parents have been treated.
‘Some people should be hanging their heads,’ she said.
‘These young parents were stopped from even saying goodbye to their child before he died, and then accused of murdering him.’
One can only hope that their cases will lead to a growing realisation among all parents — and some in the medical profession — about the return of a condition that can be prevented by a simple pill or exposure to sunshine.
The Nafisa and Mohammed Karolia case is on here too:
Just one of the twins had VitD problems? And surely if one of your kids was failing to thrive, you would seek medical help. Not use it's healthy twin to fool everyone?
Rickets makes bones more fragile, but still................
December 19th, 2011, 10:39 AM
This case is confusing and informational at the same time. I never knew what rickets were until now. Still, why does it always take a baby dying to bring to light these medical diseases? I feel bad for the parents, they were guilty soon as they walked in that hospital, not knowing the real reason behind there childs broken bones. And if they did make the child's condition worse by abusing him, the truth will surely come to light sooner or later.
December 19th, 2011, 10:52 AM
Rickets!!! Vitamin D supplements!! So f***ing preventable that it's tragic.
December 19th, 2011, 02:32 PM
All the sunblock everyone slathers on to avoid skin cancer prevents the skin from producing vitamin D .
April 20th, 2012, 08:18 AM
A young couple effectively twice cleared by courts of shaking their baby boy to death last night called for an inquiry into their treatment after they won a landmark legal battle to prove their innocence.
Rohan Wray, 22, and his partner Chana al-Alas, 19, were cleared last December after a judge ruled there was insufficient evidence to convict them of killing Jayden Wray.
But they later faced allegations over the child’s death in the civil family courts in an action brought by the local authority.
Their daughter, Jayda, had been in the care of the local authority since her birth in October 2010, at a time when her parents were still facing criminal charges relating to her brother.
The local council refused to return Jayda because social services remained convinced her parents may have been responsible for her brother’s death.
The couple then endured a four-week hearing at the High Court during which the same accusations were levelled at them.
In a landmark ruling made public on Thursday, they proved their innocence for a second time and had their toddler daughter returned to them earlier this month after nearly 18 months.
Legal experts said their case would transform the way in which so-called shaken-baby cases were treated by the courts.
The couple’s extraordinary case can be reported for the first time after a judge lifted restrictions preventing the couple from speaking publicly about their protracted battle in the family courts to win back their child.
On Thursday night the couple, from Islington, north London, called for an inquiry into their “agonising” treatment at the hands of social services, the NHS and the police.
“There are medical staff who we believe should be disciplined at an inquiry,” Mr Wray told the Daily Mail.
“I think these medical experts who judge parents are dangerous people. They base much of what they say on opinion rather than fact.
"We feel we were treated very poorly by the state authorities involved in investigating our case. We were viewed as guilty from the outset."
His partner added: “The doctors and the police made allegations against us without any real proof.”
They were cleared after more than 60 prosecution and defence medical experts disagreed on the cause of death.
The prosecution offered no evidence on the murder charge and not guilty verdicts were returned. Judge Stephen Kramer QC ruled that the charge of causing or allowing the death of a child should be discontinued.
But the High Court case brought by Islington Council was that Jayden had "died as a result of inflicted trauma caused to him whilst in the care of the parents".
It was further alleged that he suffered "a number of fractures that, despite having rickets, were caused by non-accidental injury".
At the centre of the issue was an increasingly bitter dispute between different medical experts, who disputed which combinations of injuries should be used to infer abuse.
The local authority had relied on the "medical evidence of fact and opinion to undermine the credibility of the parents".
In Thursday's judgment, Mrs Justice Theis ruled: "The issues surrounding vitamin D deficiency have dominated this hearing.
"Evidence has been given that it is on the increase, leading possibly to an increase in congenital rickets.
"The identification of it is not easily done, as this case so graphically demonstrated."
She said the case had generated a considerable amount of publicity at the time of the criminal trial.
"I am aware that some of the medical issues considered in this case have generated debate, both within and outside the medical arena," she said.
"It is important to remember that my conclusions are entirely related to this case. Despite their differences of opinion, all the medical experts agree this case is extremely complex.
"By their very nature, cases such as this are very fact-specific and great caution should be adopted in using any conclusions I reach to support any wider views outside the very specific facts of this case."
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