A two-year-old starved to death next to his dead father who suffered a heart attack, his devastated family has revealed.
Bronson Battersby was found curled up in his pyjamas next to his father Kenneth, 60, who is believed to have suffered a heart attack shortly after he was last seen alive on Boxing Day.
Social workers visited their home in Skegness, Lincolnshire on January 2 and again on January 4.
Both times they received no answer and the social workers soon contacted police.
However, shockingly Bronson and Kenneth’s bodies were not found until January 9.
Bronson’s mother Sarah Piesse, 43, told The Sun: ‘If social services had done their job Bronson would still be alive. But they didn’t do anything.
‘I can’t believe it. They can’t let them get away with this. We have to be able to rely on social workers to keep our children safe.’
‘I’ve had the results of the post mortem. Bronson starved to death because his dad died. They think Kenneth died no earlier than December 29.
‘It means if the social worker had pushed to get in when she got no reply on January 2 then Bronson would still have been alive.’
On Facebook, Bronson’s sister Melaniie Battersby wrote: ‘Beautiful little boy deserved so much better than this life. We love you Bronson, forever a part of us, and forever my baby brother.’
Adding her ‘head and heart’ were ‘in piece’, she said: ‘A lot of anger inside at minute when I just want to remember his little smile and soft nature instead. He were perfect.