STUNNED Susanna Reid visibly fought back tears as she discussed the death of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes.
Arthur was just six-years-old when he died last year, and his father Tom Hughes and stepmother Emma Tustin were last week jailed for 21 and 29 years respectively after torturing and murdering him.
During today's edition of Good Morning Britain, Susanna and her co-host Martin Lewis interviewed Wendy Thorogood, from the Association of Child Protection Professionals.
And Susanna was left baffled when Wendy appeared to suggest Arthur's grandmother could've done more to save him.
She said: "I’m so sorry to interrupt but she thought she was doing the right thing.
“She went to social services are you saying that social services couldn’t intervene and therefore it was down to the grandmother to seek further help?”
Wendy replied: "Any child that you see with an unusual injury there should be medical intervention and the police can support you on that."
But a visibly upset Susanna quickly jumped in: "I don’t understand why you’re suggesting the grandmother should have done more when the social services who’s job and professional responsibility it is to protect a child they went to visit and they said they had no safeguarding concerns.”
Wendy insisted: "I want to really stress that I am not saying the grandmother could have done any more, but I'm just saying for future, if anyone sees any unusual bruising, seek medical intervention as well as sharing that with social care as that would trigger the process."
But Susanna was still confused, saying: "I'm sorry, I'm just stunned. Because I would have thought once you phoned social services, they're the ones who trigger the process, they're the ones with the responsibility, they're the ones with the legal powers."
Earlier in the programmed Susanna and Martin discussed comments from Arthur'sgrandfather Peter Halcrow, who insisted Tom and Emma should never been released from prison.
Martin said: "Do you know what, I'm normally very liberal when it comes to justice. I normally think about people should be forgiven because mercy is important and second chances are important and and I feel the same as the grandfather in the case of this little boy."
Agreeing, Susanna replied: "In this case I feel that anything that can be done to change those sentences should be done."
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