I was totally shaken to see how imagegorgeous Baby P looked before he became a punch bag. Don’t you just want to squeeze those chubby cheeks and bounce him on your lap, sing a nursery rhyme, clap hands and laugh together.

That’s what most mums would have done with this bonny boy. But not Baby P’s mum. Instead of enjoying this kind of happy childhood, the blond haired, blue-eyed toddler was brutally battered to death at his home – a place which should have been his place of safety.

It doesn’t matter to me who gets sacked for this – and I’m sure it won’t be long before Sharon Shoesmith, Haringey’s Director of image Children and Young People’s services, is deservedly given the boot.

Baby P, who was 17 months old, suffered more than 50 injuries while living with his mother, 27, her boyfriend,32, and their lodger Jason Owen, 36, despite being on the "at risk" register and receiving 60 visits from health and social workers. They will be jailed next month for allowing or causing the child’s death, and have been told they face a "significant term in prison".

The mother cannot presently be named for legal reasons, but I am hoping that she will be named and shamed by the judge when she is jailed.

To me, there is ONE person responsible for Baby P’s death. And that is Baby P’s mother who brought  him into the world and then denied him her love and protection while in her care, knowing he was helpless to speak out against the horrific atrocities inflicted on him.

This is the kind of woman she is: on August 3 2007 when an ambulance was called to her house, its crew found Baby P already stiff and blue in his blood-spattered cot. As they tried to rush him to hospital, the mother demanded they wait while she collected her cigarettes.

When toddlers fall and hurt themselves accidentally, their mum will gently kiss better their injured area. Not Baby P’s mum. She covered his deliberately inflicted wounds with chocolate to conceal the bruising.

As a Sun columnist said, "The RSPCA wouldn’t have visited this flat 60 times and done sod all."

A court bans people from keeping animals if they have caused them unnecessary suffering; like this woman banned for life by Margate magistrates last week for the pain and suffering she caused to 13 Bedlington terriers

Isn’t a child entitled to the same kind of protection as a dog?