Was Westcliff stab victim attacked in row over couple's son?

Southend Standard: In a coma - Leanne Meecham was stabbed in her home in Park Street, Westcliff In a coma - Leanne Meecham was stabbed in her home in Park Street, Westcliff

A WOMAN is in a coma after she is believed to have been stabbed by her ex-partner in a row over their child.

Leanne Meecham, 26, remains critically ill at a London hospital after she was attacked in her home in Park Street, Westcliff.

Her ex-partner, a 42-year-old man, has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, but he too remains in a stable condition in hospital after being found with suspected self-inflicted stab wounds in Plas Newydd, Thorpe Bay, an hour after Leanne was attacked.

A child, aged three, has been taken into care by Southend Council social services.

Ms Meecham was put in a medicallyinduced coma after her heart stopped for 20 minutes after the attack.

Her great aunt, Jacqueline Cook, 55, of Westcliff, said: “She was stabbed in the throat and heart and her heart stopped beating for a while.

“They’ve put her in an induced coma and are hoping to bring her round on Monday or Tuesday. They don’t know what damage has been done yet.

“We are just numb, we’re all rallying round and watching over her at the Royal London.

“All the family are praying for her and the vicar at my church, St Laurence in Eastwood, has said prayers for her.”

Ms Meecham’s sister, Carly Bush has said Leanne was trying to move on with her life having split from her partner last year.

Carly said: “She is a brilliant and devoted mum, she is just trying to get on with her life the best she can.

“She is a lovely girl, she just wants to be a good mum to her son.”

Reverend Steve Spencer, of St Laurence Church, Eastwood, led his Sunday congregation in prayer for Ms Meecham’s health.

He said: “We have been praying and yesterday we came together and prayed for Leanne and her son.”

After the stabbing last Thursday, police admitted the couple were known to them and they have referred the incident to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Detectives yesterday appealed for anyone who saw a 4x4 Discovery Land Rover in the Southend area around the time of the incident to come forward.

Shortly after 10.30am on Thursday, officers stopped the black Land Rover Discovery at the junction of Eastern Esplanade and Plas Newydd.

Inside was a 42-year-old local man who himself had sustained stab wounds.

Officers are trying to establish the exact route it took.

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9:30am Tue 18 Feb 14

bumper says...

“We are just numb, we’re all rallying round and watching over her at the Royal London “All the family are praying for her .

sounds like a great family to see the child put into care ?

can none of them look after the child other than it going into care

great family glad there not mine.
“We are just numb, we’re all rallying round and watching over her at the Royal London “All the family are praying for her . sounds like a great family to see the child put into care ? can none of them look after the child other than it going into care great family glad there not mine. bumper

10:13am Tue 18 Feb 14

pendulum says...

Maybe social services refused to place the child with either family until they work out what the heck has happened?
Maybe social services refused to place the child with either family until they work out what the heck has happened? pendulum

11:20am Tue 18 Feb 14

_Lotus_ says...

bumper wrote:
“We are just numb, we’re all rallying round and watching over her at the Royal London “All the family are praying for her .

sounds like a great family to see the child put into care ?

can none of them look after the child other than it going into care

great family glad there not mine.
Don't be so quick to judge, you don't know why that has happened.

It is all too easy to jump to conclusions, but your own family situation and how they would react are not necessarily how other families would be.

Regarding the stabbing itself, I so pray the woman will recover, this is a truly horrific situation.
[quote][p][bold]bumper[/bold] wrote: “We are just numb, we’re all rallying round and watching over her at the Royal London “All the family are praying for her . sounds like a great family to see the child put into care ? can none of them look after the child other than it going into care great family glad there not mine.[/p][/quote]Don't be so quick to judge, you don't know why that has happened. It is all too easy to jump to conclusions, but your own family situation and how they would react are not necessarily how other families would be. Regarding the stabbing itself, I so pray the woman will recover, this is a truly horrific situation. _Lotus_

12:23pm Tue 18 Feb 14

DogsMessInLeigh says...

_Lotus_ wrote:
bumper wrote:
“We are just numb, we’re all rallying round and watching over her at the Royal London “All the family are praying for her .

sounds like a great family to see the child put into care ?

can none of them look after the child other than it going into care

great family glad there not mine.
Don't be so quick to judge, you don't know why that has happened.

It is all too easy to jump to conclusions, but your own family situation and how they would react are not necessarily how other families would be.

Regarding the stabbing itself, I so pray the woman will recover, this is a truly horrific situation.
The couple are known to the police....so lots of history no doubt thats climaxed and probably shouldn't have done, and we don't know what the rest of the family are like, so maybe the tot is in the right place at this time.
[quote][p][bold]_Lotus_[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bumper[/bold] wrote: “We are just numb, we’re all rallying round and watching over her at the Royal London “All the family are praying for her . sounds like a great family to see the child put into care ? can none of them look after the child other than it going into care great family glad there not mine.[/p][/quote]Don't be so quick to judge, you don't know why that has happened. It is all too easy to jump to conclusions, but your own family situation and how they would react are not necessarily how other families would be. Regarding the stabbing itself, I so pray the woman will recover, this is a truly horrific situation.[/p][/quote]The couple are known to the police....so lots of history no doubt thats climaxed and probably shouldn't have done, and we don't know what the rest of the family are like, so maybe the tot is in the right place at this time. DogsMessInLeigh

12:42pm Tue 18 Feb 14

Marionette says...

bumper wrote:
“We are just numb, we’re all rallying round and watching over her at the Royal London “All the family are praying for her .

sounds like a great family to see the child put into care ?

can none of them look after the child other than it going into care

great family glad there not mine.
They could have taken the child away due to precaution, Nothing like abused or any unfit family member to look after the child. It just precaution atill the mother recovers or the worst case if the mother die the child will be put in care with the aunts or grandparents. I hope she recovers soon and i hope the man get attempt murder and never comes out. The man is a risk to that poor child. All my support goes to the family and the child and the mother.
[quote][p][bold]bumper[/bold] wrote: “We are just numb, we’re all rallying round and watching over her at the Royal London “All the family are praying for her . sounds like a great family to see the child put into care ? can none of them look after the child other than it going into care great family glad there not mine.[/p][/quote]They could have taken the child away due to precaution, Nothing like abused or any unfit family member to look after the child. It just precaution atill the mother recovers or the worst case if the mother die the child will be put in care with the aunts or grandparents. I hope she recovers soon and i hope the man get attempt murder and never comes out. The man is a risk to that poor child. All my support goes to the family and the child and the mother. Marionette

6:44pm Tue 18 Feb 14

whataday says...

bumper wrote:
“We are just numb, we’re all rallying round and watching over her at the Royal London “All the family are praying for her .

sounds like a great family to see the child put into care ?

can none of them look after the child other than it going into care

great family glad there not mine.
IThe report says the child has been taken into care by Southend Social Services. That doesn't mean the relatives are not looking after the child. Social Services have her in care because the child protection team would have to intervene because of this very serious domestic violence incident. They have to take on Parental Responsibility temporarily due to the child's parents being unable to carry parental responsibilithy. Social services may well place the child into the care of relatives after they have carried out suitable assessments.
[quote][p][bold]bumper[/bold] wrote: “We are just numb, we’re all rallying round and watching over her at the Royal London “All the family are praying for her . sounds like a great family to see the child put into care ? can none of them look after the child other than it going into care great family glad there not mine.[/p][/quote]IThe report says the child has been taken into care by Southend Social Services. That doesn't mean the relatives are not looking after the child. Social Services have her in care because the child protection team would have to intervene because of this very serious domestic violence incident. They have to take on Parental Responsibility temporarily due to the child's parents being unable to carry parental responsibilithy. Social services may well place the child into the care of relatives after they have carried out suitable assessments. whataday

6:48pm Tue 18 Feb 14

whataday says...

Hope the child's mother makes a full recovery and has no lasting physical damage.
As for the father might be best if he doesn't survive
Hope the child's mother makes a full recovery and has no lasting physical damage. As for the father might be best if he doesn't survive whataday

11:08am Fri 21 Feb 14

peacefulness says...

The child was rightly taken into care after witnessing such horrific scenes of his dad stabbing his mum then himself, the family are also in a state so it's the best decision for the child. The family are in contact with social service's as to who is best placed to care for him. His mother has now passed away so his father has committed murder, think about the the family and the child before making any judgemental comments
The child was rightly taken into care after witnessing such horrific scenes of his dad stabbing his mum then himself, the family are also in a state so it's the best decision for the child. The family are in contact with social service's as to who is best placed to care for him. His mother has now passed away so his father has committed murder, think about the the family and the child before making any judgemental comments peacefulness

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