The October appeal was the fourth court hearing centred on the girl’s death.
A judge based in the Family Division of the High Court initially considered the case in London in 2017.
Mr Justice Francis concluded that Southwark Council bosses had not proved the ‘genital injuries’ and ‘fatal neck injuries’ were deliberately inflicted.
Council bosses challenged that ruling.
In July 2018, Court of Appeal judges upheld their challenge and ordered a fresh High Court trial.
Mr Justice Hayden then reconsidered evidence at a third hearing.
And quickly came to the same conclusion:
Mr Justice Hayden analysed the case after Southwark Council social services bosses asked for findings to help them make decisions about the care of other children in the girl’s family.
He blamed the girl’s mother, concluding she had caused injuries while attempting genital mutilation, then strangled the youngster.
But hey, they no doubt get legal aid to keep the taxpayer-funded lawyer gravy train rolling, so…
Lord Justice Underhill, Lord Justice Peter Jackson and Lord Justice Newey, who analysed the case at a Court of Appeal hearing in London in October, said evidence should be reconsidered by another judge at another High Court trial.
Why not? Trebles all round at the Bar!