(ADELAIDE NOW) — A father accused of sexually abusing his four-year-old son has won custody of the child.

The four-year-old claimed he was molested by his father – and an independent review has criticised Families SA’s role in the case.

The Family’s Court’s custody ruling came despite an internationally renowned child abuse expert giving evidence that the behaviour of the boy made it clear it was highly likely he had been seriously abused.

The review findings were made by John Leatherland, of the Victorian Child Death and Serious Injury Review Committee, after being commissioned by then-Families Minister Jennifer Rankine following the mother’s repeated complaints.

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