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WHAT is the point of a so­cial worker who does not act in the face of ob­vi­ous abuse?

And what good is a teacher who does noth­ing when a child re­ports abuse?

Judge Mo­hini Mood­ley cor­rectly took th­ese peo­ple to task in com­ments while sen­tenc­ing the mother of Baby X yes­ter­day.

They were neg­li­gent in the ex­treme, and one won­ders if they can­not also be charged for their roles in the sorry saga.

None of them was named. They should be, for the world to know the type of peo­ple they are.

None of them de­serves to re­main em­ployed in their jobs, which re­quire care and com­pas­sion.

Had any one of them acted, Baby X might still be alive to­day.

How­ever, they are not the only ones to blame.

Given the hor­ror of the abuse in­flicted on Baby X by her mother and grand­mother, it is dif­fi­cult to be­lieve that she would have re­acted with any­thing less than an­guished, blood-cur­dling screams and cries.

Yet no­body in the neigh­bour­hood ap­pears to have heard, or cared enough to do some­thing about it.

This is a sad, sad in­dict­ment on the state of the na­tion.

We need to do bet­ter. We need to care more.

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