By Ellie Butler:The Times
A sadistic father was free to abuse and eventually murder his six-year-old daughter after a judge’s ruling gave him the power to fend off police, doctors, teachers and social services.
Ben Butler, 36, was jailed for severely shaking his baby, Ellie, in 2009 but had his conviction quashed the following year. Returning the child to him with “joy”, Mrs Justice Hogg issued an unusual ruling clearing Butler of wrongdoing. The order gave him “all the power” over the authorities when they raised concerns about Ellie, a serious case review found.
In the 11 months after regaining care of his daughter,…