A boy who was “butchered” in a drugs turf war after being groomed by drug dealers had been arrested in a crack den months earlier but police did not contact child exploitation staff, a report has found.
Jaden Moodie was 14 when he was knocked off his moped and stabbed to death in east London, in January 2019.
A serious case review found chances to protect him were missed by agencies.
Three months before his death, Jaden was found with an older boy in a county lines “cuckoo flat” in Bournemouth with 39 wraps of crack cocaine, two packets of cocaine, a mobile phone and £325 in cash.
According to the review, the appropriate adult who sat in on his police interview said he appeared to be “a vulnerable young person frightened by what he was being groomed and coerced into by others”.
He gave the impression that “he definitely wanted to find a way out of the mess he was getting into,” they said.
Following his release, two Dorset Police officers drove him home to London but did not involve specialist child exploitation workers.
Jaden’s school in Waltham Forest was not told about the arrest but excluded him for a separate incident.