Crossed wires in baby death

The neighbors of a 20-year-old woman who allegedly killed her baby on Saturday because it would not stop crying had told authorities last month about problems in the household but welfare workers failed to intervene, sources suggested yesterday. Andreas Yiannopoulos, president of the children’s rights watchdog, The Child’s Smile, told Kathimerini that they had received a complaint on January 4 about the mother’s behavior which they then passed on to a prosecutor. The prosecutor then immediately informed welfare services, Yiannopoulos added. The Athens prefectural welfare services claim they were never informed about the matter and that they look into all reports they receive from the prosecutor. Athens Prefect Yiannis Sgouros yesterday ordered an investigation into the incident to determine what went wrong. The mother and her male partner are due to testify before a magistrate today. They are alleged to have shaken to two-month-old baby girl to death.

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