Newborn taken off his parents by social workers after his father expressed ‘unorthodox views about the benefits of formula milk’.
Social workers from Kirklees Council took away the baby boy after his father had voiced his opinion about bottle sterilisation and feeding, shares Daily Mail.
A judge has since ordered the council to pay the family £11,250 in damages. ($18,000 au)
Mr Justice Cobb said there was ‘no doubt in my mind’ that the council had violated the family’s human rights – and even ‘misled’ a family judge.
Kirklees Council employees had persuaded the judge to sanction the baby being taken into emergency care without even telling his parents about the hearing.
The mother, in her 20s, suffered from minor mental health problems and other difficulties and the father had in the past been aggressive to others.
But staff at the special care baby unit where he was cared for in the days after his delivery had expressed ‘no child protection concerns’.
Maternity ward medics did, however, tell the council they were anxious about the couple’s long-term ability to care for their baby.
Among other things, they said the father had ‘expressed unorthodox views about the need for sterilisation of bottles and the benefits of formula milk.’
Just before the baby was due to be discharged from hospital into his parents’ care, the council rushed to court and obtained an emergency care order.
The baby was finally sent home to his parents about three months after his removal.
In the year since then, the judge said the boy had ‘continued to thrive in his parents care’.
He added: ‘There is no doubt in my mind, indeed it is admitted, that Kirklees Council breached the human rights of a baby boy and his parents.
‘I am satisfied that the breaches were serious… the separation of a baby from his parents represents a very serious interference with family life.’
Awarding the mother, the father and the little boy £11,250 in damages. ($18,000 au), the judge said that was ‘just and fair satisfaction’ for the wrongs done to them.
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