Four hundred cases of child abuse are under investigation in Shropshire, the West Midlands and Staffordshire, it has been revealed
The shocking figure emerged after cruel mother Magdelena Luczak and her partner Mariusz Krezolek started a minimum 30 years in jail for the brutal murder of little Daniel Pelka.
The 28-strong team that brought the brutal couple to justice – the public protection unit of the Crown Prosecution Service – today told how they are dealing with 800 serious crimes, with half of them involving abuse of children.
The unit, the first of its kind in the country when launched in 2008, deals with allegations of rape, serious sexual offences, child neglect, cruelty and homicides involving victims under the age of 16. The team handled a total of 1,200 cases in 2012 and said the figure was growing, although the area covered has also increased.
Luczak and Krezolek were yesterday jailed by Mrs Justice Cox who said they had subjected four-year-old Daniel to “truly horrific” suffering.
The youngster was beaten, starved, locked up and poisoned with salt by the pair, from Coventry.
Miss Lisa Windridge, the senior crown prosecutor for the public protection unit which brought the couple to justice, said: “Daniel Pelka had the ultimate trust breached by his mother and her partner. This has been a very difficult case for all of those involved with it and we are pleased that justice has finally been achieved.”
Head of the unit Hayley Firman said today: “I find the depravity of human nature depressing.”
The unit has been involved in many high-profile cases, including the killing of three-year-old Ryan Lovell-Hancox, who died after being systematically abused at a flat in Bilston, Wolverhampton.
They also probed the death of Khyra Ishaq, the seven-year-old starved to death in Birmingham and the case of a six-day-old dumped down a tower block rubbish chute by her mother in Wolverhampton.