The Baby Snatchers: The Case of "G"

The Baby Snatchers: The Case of "G"

A newborn baby was illegally snatched from its mother by social workers in the early hours of the morning of January 30, 2008. Officials claimed the 18-year-old mother was unfit to care for the child because of mental health problems.

But hours later High Court judge, Mr Justice Munby, ordered the infant to be returned immediately, saying the social workers had acted beyond their powers.
A series of articles in British media January 30, 2008 --

 

 

Mother who had baby snatched illegally minutes after birth in line for £20,000 damages

By David Wilkes

The young mother whose newborn baby was snatched from her by social workers could receive up to £20,000 damages.

Lawyers for Nottingham City Council conceded yesterday that its social services department had acted illegally in removing the baby boy two hours after his birth last month.

The admission means the 18-year-old mother, known only as G, is in line for damages under the Human Rights Act. Legal sources said she stands to receive up to £20,000.

Lawyers acting for G were hopeful last night that they can now argue successfully for her to be reunited with her son in a specialist mother-and-baby unit. The little boy, known as K, is currently in foster care and G is allowed to see him for three hours a day, five days a week.

Daily Mail, 18th February 2008


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Ruby Harrold-Claesson's comment sent to the Daily Mail

Paying damages isn't enough to compensate the irreparable damage that has been done. The child is not for sale. He has been deprived of his mother's milk and the bonding that makes for a healthy, harmonious child. The social workers put their prestige before the health and welfare of the child: Judge Munby stopped them so they turned to a more complacent judge who gave them clearance to take the baby.
Taking a child into care and separating it from its mother ought to be the last resort after a series of other measures to help the mother and child have been taken. The social workers should be made to face criminal charges for child abuse and violation of the mother's and child's basic Human Right to private and family life (Article 8 ECHR).
February 19, 2008

 

Teenager to receive damages after baby was taken

Nottingham City Council has agreed to pay damages to an 18-year-old mother after it admitted acting unlawfully by taking away her newborn baby.

The boy - known as Baby K - was removed by social workers without first obtaining a court order just hours after he was born.

David Lock, the council's barrister, told the High Court in Liverpool: "I am entirely happy to accept that, on behalf of the local authority, it did not have an agreement from the claimant sufficient to be consent in law."

Independent Television News Article, February 18, 2008

 

 

Teenager wins damages after council took baby

David Batty and agencies

Nottingham city council today agreed to pay damages to a teenage mother after admitting it acted unlawfully by taking away her newborn baby.

The day after her baby son was taken, the 18-year-old mother – referred to as G - was reunited with her son after an emergency high court ruling that "on the face of it" he had been taken away without authority.

But within days, the council placed the baby – known as K - with a foster family after a judge at Nottingham county court granted social services an interim care order.

The Guardian, 18 February 2008

 

 

Judge's tribute to PA reporter who broke baby-in-care story

The story of how social workers illegally had a new-born boy removed from his mother's care by hospital staff – which made front page news this week – only came to light because a Press Association reporter happened to be sitting in the Administrative court where the case was heard. In a judgment handed down by Mr Justice Munby he has paid tribute to court reporter John Aston – and pointed out that had the case been heard in the Family Court it may never have come to light.

Press Gazette, 7 February 2008

 

 

Nottingham baby case: the unfinished story

By Maria Ahmed

The story of how baby "G" was taken unlawfully from his 18-year-old mother by Nottingham social workers created a predictable media frenzy. It was all too easy for the Daily Mail and the rest to take their usual line about baby snatchers. But acting up as news editor when the story broke, I was faced with a quagmire of difficulty in how to cover this case. As the professional social work magazine, we could not just piggyback on the tabloid spin.

Community care, 5 February 2008

 

 

Anger as minister denies adoption bonus policy

By Adam Lusher

A row over the Government's controversial adoption policies broke out on Saturday after a minister claimed that councils had never been offered financial incentives to meet national adoption targets.

Kevin Brennan, the Children's Minister, also claimed the controversial national targets, which have been blamed for a surge in the number of babies removed from their parents, ended in 2006.

Both claims were dismissed immediately by critics.

The Telegraph, 04/02/2008

 

 

Judge returns new-born to social workers for foster placement
writes Nina Jacobs

An 18-year-old mother who lost her legal battle to keep her newborn baby from being taken by Nottingham social services may have to wait months to find out what part she can play in his care.

A court ruling today returned the child, known only as G, to social workers at Nottingham City Council two days after the High Court declared the baby had been unlawfully taken and should be returned to its mother.

At Nottingham County Court, District Judge Richard Inglis said the four-day old baby should live in local authority foster care while futher enquiries were made and assessments carried out.

Community care, 2 February 2008

 

 

Baby 'snatched' from mother minutes after birth is ordered BACK into foster care

By David Wilkes

Baby "G's" distraught mother wept as a court ordered he should be taken away from her again and put into foster care.

The 18-year-old, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, broke down in tears and had to be supported by two relatives as she received the devastating news. During a three-day emotional roller-coaster for the mother, her baby has been snatched from her in hospital by social services two hours after birth, then dramatically returned to her later that day after a High Court judge ruled the officials had acted illegally as they did not have a court order.

Daily Mail - 1st February 2008

 

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Ruby Harrold-Claesson's comment published on the Daily Mail

Finally a judge with common sense and courage to stop the social workers from harming that mother and child!

No child should be separated from its mother at birth unless there is serious and imminent risk for the child's health and life. No one takes a kitten or a puppy from its mother before it is weaned. The WHO has recommended that nursing babies should not be removed from their mothers before the age of six (6) months.

Yet, the social workers in Member States of the European Union, take children at birth or shortly after birth.

As president of the NCHR/NKMR, I have been following the Fran Lyon Case. She had to flee from England to protect her baby.

In its judgment, Case of K & T v Finland, delivered on 27/04/2000, p 143-146, and Grand Chamber verdict of 12 July 2001 the European Court of Human Rights found that the measures taken by the Finnish authorities ie to separate the child from its mother at birth, were excessive and constituted a violation of their Human Rights.
February 1, 2008



The baby snatchers: Now teenage mother faces battle with social services to keep newborn child

By David Wilkes and Fiona Barton

A judge today ordered that a baby which was taken from his mother hours after he was born - and was then reunited with the distraught 18-year-old - must go into the care of foster parents while investigations continue.

A High Court judge had earlier ruled that social services acted unlawfully in separating the 18-year-old from her son just two hours after he was born. But council lawyers made an application for a care order and the baby was once again due to be handed to foster carers.

Daily Mail - 1st February 2008

 

 

Shortlived joy for teenager whose baby was taken away

Rosemary Bennett, Social Affairs Correspondent

A teenage mother will today resume the battle to keep her newborn baby after social workers made a second attempt to remove him from her care. The mother, known as G, spent the night in hospital with her son under close supervision after magistrates yesterday failed to reach a verdict on whether the boy should be placed with foster parents.

The 18-year-old was reunited with her baby on Wednesday after the dramatic intervention of a High Court judge. In an extraordinary ruling, the judge ordered that the baby boy born in the early hours of Wednesday morning and removed by social workers should be returned immediately.

Timesonline - February 1, 2008

 

 

MAIL COMMENT: The shameful secrecy of the adoption system

It seems inconceivable that such things could happen in a modern civilised country...two hours after giving birth, the young mother was lying in her hospital bed when officials from Nottingham social services snatched her baby away.

The damage that this must inflict on the mother, let alone the child, is almost impossible to conceive.

But what makes the case worse is that the social workers acted without legal authority.

For the moment, Mr Justice Munby has ordered the child reunited with its mother.

But the really disturbing aspect is that far from being an isolated incident, it seems to be part of a sinister pattern.

Daily Mail - 31st January 2008

 

 

The baby snatchers: Now teenage mother faces battle with social services to keep newborn child

By David Wilkes and Fiona Barton
 A mother faces having her newborn baby taken into care again today for the second time in 72 hours.

A High Court judge had ruled that social services acted unlawfully in separating the 18-year-old from her son just two hours after he was born. But council lawyers have now made an application for a care order.

The case started in secret before a district judge yesterday and was adjourned until today without a decision being made.

Daily Mail - 31st January 2008

 

 

The baby snatchers: Now teenage mother faces battle with social services to keep newborn child

A teenage mother reunited with her newborn baby by a judge yesterday will today face a social services application to take the boy away again. The newborn baby was illegally snatched from its mother by social workers in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Officials claimed the 18-year-old mother was unfit to care for the child because of mental health problems.

Daily Mail - 31st January 2008

 

 

Mother who won back her baby faces second battle to keep it

By Rosemary Bennett, Social Affairs Correspondent

A teenage mother who was reunited with her newborn baby yesterday thanks to the intervention of a High Court judge was today facing a second attempt by social services to remove her child.

Nottingham City Council childrens services have applied for an 'interim care order' which would mean the baby, born in the early hours of yesterday morning, being placed with foster parents. The case is currently being heard by the magistrates court in the city.

Timesonline - January 31, 2008

 

 

The baby snatchers: Judge orders social workers to hand back newborn child taken from hospital at 4am

By David Wilkes

A newborn baby was illegally snatched from its mother by social workers in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Officials claimed the 18-year-old mother was unfit to care for the child because of mental health problems.

But hours later a High Court judge ordered the infant to be returned immediately, saying the social workers had acted beyond their powers.

Mr Justice Munby told the officials that they "should have known better".

Daily Mail - January 30, 2008

 

 

The Fran Lyon Case
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Family courts are the B-side of the law

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Mother wins fight to get her baby back

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