Two-days ago media sources reported Mariusz Krezolek, 36, had died in a high-security British jail. He was serving a minimum of 30 years in prison for the brutal treatment and death of Daniel Pelka, his partner's son, who died aged 4.
Less than a year ago the boy's mother Magdalena Luczak, 29, died in her cell at HMP Foston Hall Prison in Derbyshire and an investigation into Luczak's cause of death followed.
The results of that investigation are not yet known but initial reports claim she committed suicide on what would have been the eve of her late son's birthday; his eighth birthday.
That was July 2015 and six-months later her partner is dead.
While it is doubtful any person will grieve the loss of these two individuals you have to wonder how both died; if both committed suicide surely the prison service must be scrutinised.
Daniel Pelka was four-years-old when he died in 2012 from a head injury; weighing just over 11/2 stone at time of death he had been denied food, forced to perform punishment exercises, confined in a locked box room, poisoned with salt, and subjected to water torture.
The perpetrators were his mother and her partner who both blamed each other for the terrible abuse denying personal responsibility.
Young Daniel suffered unimaginable torture at the hands of those who should have been protecting him from harm.
In 2013 we reported the conclusions of a review into his death and re-posted it when we reported on the death of Magdalena Luczak in 2015; it is reposted again below simply to highlight the terrible behaviour of this couple and how Daniel was failed by the "system".
The death of Daniel Pelka, 4, at the hands of those who should have been protecting him is yet another sad indictment of the sorry state of social services in the UK. Daniel was killed by his mother and stepfather following months of abuse.