THE father and grandparents of tragic toddler Summer Rogers-Ratcliffe have vowed to fight on for justice, after they were told there is no prospect of the Crown Prosecution Service reviewing their decision not to bring charges.
Summer’s dad Joss Ratcliffe and his parents James and Deborah met senior CPS officials in Leeds on Tuesday, accompanied by Dewsbury and Mirfield MP Simon Reevell, seeking answers to why no-one would face charges relating to the killing of Summer.
The little girl was discovered in her cot with massive brain injuries in February last year, by her maternal grandmother Susan Rogers.
The 21-month-old who lived with her mum Vicky Rogers, and Vicky’s boyfriend Craig Sharp in Nook Green, Thornhill, died in Leeds General Hospital hours later.
According to the Ratcliffe family, numerous medical experts had attributed the cause of Summer’s death to blunt force injury – she had most likely been shaken and battered to death in her cot. Her skull was covered in bruises, there were multiple haemorrhages and both her retinas were detached.
However both Craig Sharp and Vicky Rogers denied inflicting any injuries on the child. Despite the Ratcliffe family raising concerns with Social Services over unexplained burns and bruises Summer had previously suffered, the official ‘alarm’ was never raised.
The Ratcliffes were told that without evidence of neglect or abuse, a joint charge of familial homicide against both adults could not be brought.
“I think the CPS staff were genuinely gutted that they couldn’t bring charges,” said James. “They knew that someone killed her.”
James said MP Simon Reevell was also convinced that police and the CPS had done all they could.
“We’re not giving up,” he added. “The people of Thornhill have been fantastic through this, they’ve kept us going at times.
“If we’ve got to take this fight to the Prime Minister then so be it, but it cannot be right that there is no justice for that little girl.
“We’ve got to make sure she stays in people’s memories.”
A memorial garden dedicate to Summer will be part of Summer’s Fayre at the Thornhill Community Centre this Saturday (July 6) starting at noon and being opened by Huddersfield Giants star Danny Brough. There will be a range of family-friendly activities including pony rides and a bouncy castle, plus barbecue.