Parents Against Injustice
Last updated at 10:32 AM on 30th May 2011
The grandmother of Baby P has said social services boss Sharon Shoesmith should hand over the £2.5million she hopes to get in compensation for her sacking to a children's charity.
The former £133,000-a-year director of Haringey Children’s Services could be in line for a payout which could top £2million after the Appeal Court ruled that her dismissal by former Labour education secretary Ed Balls was ‘procedurally unfair’ because she was not allowed the chance to defend herself.
This was despite a damning report in 2008 which found that her department at the north London council had allowed toddler Peter Connelly to die with more than 50 injuries.
Yesterday, Mary O'Connor, mother of Tracey Connelly, told the Sun: 'She says it is not about money. Well, if she means that, then she should give any compensation she gets to charity.
'She should give it to the NSPCC so they can protect children. They do a far better job of protecting children than she ever did.'
She said the thought of Mrs Shoesmith making money "from her incompetence" was "obscene" and said she should accept - and not fight - her sacking.
Last week, Mrs Shoesmith, 58, provoked outrage last week by saying she does not ‘do blame’,
The 58-year-old claimed in a radio interview that 17-month-old Peter's death did not mean her organisation was in chaos.
She said social workers ‘cannot stop the death of a child’ and blamed police and health officials for the tragedy.
She said: ‘A child dying does not equal a department in disarray.’
Two years ago, Ms O'Connor said she hoped her daughter would 'rot in hell' for what she did to her grandson.
She disowned her daughter for her part in the death, and has refused all contact with her.
She said she was glad her daughter and partner Steven Barker were named and shamed.
'I haven't got any sympathy for her at all. Maybe now she will feel fear and understand what my grandson went through as he was being tortured to death,' she said.
'I don't have a daughter any more. I do not feel anything for her and she deserves everything she gets.
Jailed: Baby P's mother Tracey Connelly and her lover Steven Barker inflicted horrific injuries on the innocent toddler
'She robbed me of my grandson. My heart is broken and I'll never forgive her for that. I can't.'
At her trial, Connelly insisted she had no idea who had caused her son's injuries, despite smearing his face in chocolate to hide his bruises from social workers.
Ms O'Connor also questioned her daughter's jail term and said Connelly had 'got off lightly' with a minimum five-year sentence.
She said: 'It won't be long until she's out living her life again. She sent me a visiting order but I couldn't stand to be in the same room as her,' she said.
'She can rot in hell.
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