It all happens in Bury St Edmunds, you know. 12-year-old Edward Morgan-Gooch was found dead in his bedroom, wearing a belt pulled tightly around his neck. Suffolk social services made it clear that they didn't suspect the parents and so didn't take his siblings into care.
doesn't need much at all for social services to commence care proceedings - just a desire to meet their yearly targets is usually enough.)
As is so often the case, the police found no suspicious circumstances. The mere fact that he was wearing a belt around his neck was put down to an attempt to improve his singing abilities by the hospital paediatrician, concurring with the parents' view of what had happened. The county coroner - who decided that he didn't need a jury for the inquest - agreed, but added that "it may have been something that was difficult for Edward to explain, but children can carry out acts which are out of character".
Not that anyone would dream of accusing the parents of driving their son to suicide or strangling him of course, because the dead boy's mother works for a firm of lawyers and the father is a crown court judge.