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Alberta's child advocate reviews assault on baby, calls for better info sharing

11/27/2014 01:47 EST | Updated 01/27/2015 05:59 EST
EDMONTON - Alberta's children's advocate says life would probably have been different for a baby assaulted by a caregiver had there been better sharing of her medical and family information.

Del Graff also says in a report that there should have been greater assessment of risk factors in the child's case, so social workers could have apprehended her sooner.

The girl, almost 10 months old, was taken to hospital in 2012 with an unknown injury to her genitals.

A doctor had flagged potential child abuse, but she was sent home with her mother since her father — who had a history of domestic abuse — was not living in the house.

The child was admitted to hospital twice more in the days that followed with a head injury and broken bones.

Police later charged an occasional male caregiver, who had previously faced criminal charges, but social workers didn't know about him.

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