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Mum ‘treated like child abuser’ after taking baby to hospital

Uk mum, Kirsty Clark, 33, took her five-day-old baby Jackson to hospital concerned he might have a blood clot or meningitis after finding a red mark on his right arm, The Metro reports.

The concerned mum was shocked when a doctor called social services and the police, leading to her being questioned by an emergency social worker.

Her husband was also stopped from collecting their seven-year-old from his godparents.

It turns out the mark was left from Jackson sucking his arm.

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“We were made to feel like child abusers,” Mrs Clark said.

Mrs Clark said she was made to “stay in a room for two days” while tests were conducted and she was interviewed by an emergency social worker.

She explained Jackson was conceived by IVF and the couple had police checks in order to have him. She said she understood the welfare check system was in place to “protect children but in this case it seems to have gone completely the opposite way”.

A social services spokesman said the check was a “statutory duty”.

Lincolnshire Police confirmed it received a concern for safety report about a baby from the hospital on November 19 but there was “no requirement for further police involvement”.

Do you think the system is too often picking on innocent families while others slip through the cracks?

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  • Better safe than sorry. Here’s hoping the health professionals were just that, professional about it all and the parents can look back on this in time and realise this is a good thing.

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  • For those who posted that they’d rather see this happen than to have a child ‘slip through the cracks’ unfortunately that is exactly what is happening, whilst resources are being used to investigate innocent parents, the real perpetrators of child abuse are indeed getting away with it! After all, if it is widely known that alarm bells will ring if you present to hospital or doctor, then the real abusers won’t bother taking their child to get medical help if it needs it.
    My son, when he was younger was an adventurous soul and thought nothing of climbing high up on trees etc (and invariably falling when he stepped on a branch that couldn’t hold his weight). My daughter bruised with the slightest pressure, just kneeling on a wooden floor was enough for her to get huge bruises on both knees. Okay, child services were often called in but it didn’t take them two days to discover that the children weren’t being abused, in fact in one case whilst the worker was there, my daughter knocked against a table in the room and a huge bruise appeared before the worker’s eyes… end of abuse investigation.

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  • I think 2 days is way too long to sort out the issue. But its really good to hear the hospital is following up these sorts of cases. Its much better to annoy a few innocent people than the worst happening to an innocent child when it could have been prevented.

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  • A terrible situation for the parents to face for sure, but I’d rather the System use a better safe than sorry approach!

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  • I can imagine this type of experience is very unpleasant, but when you aren’t guilty this shouldn’t upset you. See it like a breath alcohol test done by the police on the road. We should be happy that the system takes child abuse seriously.


    • I know a child who as a baby bruised easily, even when she was gently picked up. That was very distressing. They were interviewed numerous times. They were worried about their baby so yes, they were upset even more. Tests eventually found a rare blood condition which caused severe bruising and pain. The baby moved around probably trying to get comfortable and got more bruises while being tested.

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  • This could stop some parents from seeking help as they could be targeted. My 2nd son was getting a lot of bruises when he was four years old. Tests were done and nothing found but we were threatened with having our children taken off us. It can also be what the child says that can be seen as wrong. A niece said her father hurt her and that is why her tooth went through her lip. Her father was chasing her around in a game of chase and she fell down the steps. At least after it was explained properly, security was called off.


    • Very upsetting. Luckily that everything ended well!!

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  • A bit over the top but at least they’re doing there job to the full extent to save children.

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  • A horrible situation to be in for the parents who hace done no harm.

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  • I do think that there are too many stories of this kind of overreaction, while other children get overlooked.

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  • I would rather be checked by the police than have some poor little mite slip through the system, if you have done nothing wrong you have nothing to hide

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  • Not nice at all. I can imagine that once a child arrives at the hospital in that condition, it’s common practice to advice Police and Social Services. And I guess that this helps to identify cases of abuse. But it’s not always that way. And I can’t even imagine how bad the parents of Jackson must have felt.

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