The heartbroken dad of murdered Logan Mwangi wants to change the law so that estranged parents are told if social services become involved with their biological children.
Benjamin Mwangi did not know his five-year-old boy had been placed on the child protection register in the months before he was killed by his mum, stepdad and stepbrother.
Mr Mwangi says Logan’s mum Angharad Williamson had stopped him from having contact with his child when she started dating new partner John Cole.
He had not seen Logan for around three years when he was found dead in the River Ogmore in Pandy Park, Bridgend, on the morning of July 31 2021.
Logan was dumped ‘like fly-tip rubbish’ by John Cole, 40 and his ‘pure evil’ teenage stepson Craig Mulligan.
A harrowing trial revealed the little boy suffered more than 50 external cuts and bruises and ‘catastrophic’ internal injuries, which were likened to high-speed road accidents.
A child practice review – an investigation into the circumstances of Logan’s death – is now under way and Mr Mwangi said one of the key questions to be answered is why he, as Logan’s biological father, was not contacted about concerns over his son’s welfare.
Logan, 5, and his younger sibling were placed on the child protection register in March 2021 after concerns were raised about Cole, who had previous convictions for violence.
In June 2021, just a month before Logan’s death, they were removed from the register – meaning it was believed there was no longer a risk of significant harm.
Mr Mwangi was kept in the dark about all of this and only found out after Logan’s tragic death.
He told Good Morning Britain: ‘Because I hadn’t seen Logan in so long, I had absolutely no knowledge, or no idea, about what was going on. I had absolutely no knowledge whatsoever about what was happening to Logan.
‘This is exactly what Logan’s Law is going to be about – to let estranged parents like myself actually know when their child has gone to social services.
‘If I would have had any inkling whatsoever that Logan was known (to social services), I would have gone with a police escort and told social services ‘OK, I’m getting my son’s things and I’m taking him away from this obviously hostile environment. If he’s in danger, let’s make him safe’.’
Mr Mwangi, who lives in Brentwood, Essex, said he had been co-parenting Logan with Williamson, who moved to South Wales shortly before Logan’s birth in March 2016 to be closer to her mother.
But he said Williamson cut off contact after beginning a relationship with Cole in 2019.
‘As soon as Cole stepped on to the scene everything completely changed,’ Mr Mwangi said.
‘He said that I was talking to her too much. But obviously we’d only talk about Logan. And after that everything just fell apart.
‘She sent me a nasty message saying Logan has a family now, he doesn’t need me and I’m never going to see my son again.’
Mr Mwangi continued to have occasional telephone contact with Logan during visits with his grandmother, Williamson’s mother, at weekends.
However, that soon ended when Williamson stopped Logan visiting her mother.
Mr Mwangi has previously said he is tormented by grief with Logan ‘visiting him in recurring nightmares’.
He said: ‘I don’t really think anybody could really find the words to actually even explain how any parent could treat their child in such a disgraceful way. Or anybody can treat a child in that manner.
‘And so trying to find the words to try to explain it in my mind is just really completely incomprehensible. Completely inconceivable.’
Cole, Williamson and Mulligan were sentenced to life in prison last Friday, and told they would serve at least 29, 28 and 15 years respectively.
Judge Mrs Justice Jefford told the court: ‘Because he was killed in his own home and by his own family, it is not possible to be sure exactly what happened to him. But what is very clear is that, shortly before his death, this little boy – 3ft 5in in height and weighing only 3st 1lb – was subjected to a brutal attack.’
The trial heard how in the months and weeks leading up to his death, Logan had been ‘dehumanised’ by his family.
Logan’s stammer is said to have worsened, becoming particularly bad around Cole. He wet himself more frequently and began self-harming.
The Child Practice Review will determine whether social workers and other safeguarding professionals failed to intervene and save Logan.
Other questions to be explored will include how Mulligan, 14, came to be placed in the family home.
His former foster parents described him as a ‘monster’ and ‘pure evil’ and say he made repeated threats to kill Logan.
Cole and Williamson won custody of Mulligan on July 26 2021 and he went to live with them at their home in Sarn, five days before Logan was killed.
Although a serious case review into Logan’s death has been launched by the local council, Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford has been criticised for rejecting demands for Wales to set up an inquiry to examine the crisis in social care on a national level.
Star’s great grandfather David Fawcett, 62, has called for an overhaul to social services across the entire UK.
Logan’s killers were sentenced a month after Laura Castle, 38, was jailed for 18 years for murdering a one-year-old boy she wanted to adopt.
‘The whole system needs overhauling before more children die,’ Mr Fawcett told MailOnline. ‘There is inquiry after inquiry and the failures are recognised, but still repeated again and again all over the country.
‘When you see how much some of these people are being paid and they are not protecting the children, it is shocking.’