The mother of Keziah Flux-Edmonds, who was unlawfully killed by her father, says her daughter’s death could have been prevented.
On 1 June 2016, six-year-old Keziah was killed by her father Darren Flux-Edmonds, who then died by suicide.
A report by NHS England released today (Thursday), has concluded neither of their deaths were preventable.
It adds, while Keziah’s death was not predictable there was enough evidence to suggest that at the time that it was predictable that Darren was at a significant risk of ending his own life.
Speaking to Isle of Wight Radio, Keziah’s mum, Nikki Flux-Edmonds said:
“I disagree with their findings.
“I believe that if they had done the things that they should have done at the time that it was preventable. If they had contacted me and let me know that he was not able to look after a child on his own because it was too much stress for him I wouldn’t have put him under that pressure – and therefore my daughter would still be here.”
“I know if he wasn’t prepared to kill himself he would never have killed her, and my two dogs, so I disagree with it entirely.”
As reported by Isle of Wight Radio, a coroners inquest following their deaths was told Darren had previously had nightmares about killing his wife and daughter.
The inquest also heard the 44-year-old had a history of depression.
The independent report has identified several areas where service and care did not meet Darren’s needs, and says opportunities to consider risks and support to the family, especially to Keziah, were missed.
‘Information recorded by the SPA (Single Point of Access) team was minimal… there was no effort made to contact his family’.
The report claims Darren’s self-reported actions ‘should have, at least, triggered some concerns’, and practitioners should have sought the advice of the adult safeguarding team.
It also found the system used to identify and score patients’ risk factors was ‘inadequate’, and that no adjustments were made to accommodate his dyslexia when Darren was unable to complete written homework given to him by a therapist.
Maggie Oldham, Chief Executive of the Isle of Wight NHS Trust, said:
“We have made changes and continue to do so in how our staff are trained and assessed, the processes we follow and the standards we hold ourselves to. I don’t know if we could have prevented what happened, but I do know we didn’t do everything we should and could have tried. I also know that everyone involved in health services was devasted by Keziah’s death by her father and his suicide. They believed they were doing the right thing and are totally committed to ensuring we have better practice and systems in place to minimise the possibility of this sort of tragedy happening again.”