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Brain injured boy returns home after a year in care

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A High Court judge has ordered that a toddler be returned to his parents after a year in care following a severe brain injury. The young boy was taken into care at only nine-months old after he fell from a bed. He was immediately rushed to hospital from his family home in Nottinghamshire with bleeding on his brain. Nottinghamshire County Council social workers automatically accused the parents of being unfit to parent the boy, however, the couple had no previous convictions and were not known by social services.

At the High Court hearing in Nottingham on Monday a family judge ordered that the child be returned to the couple as their was no evidence against them. The couple have been together for twelve years and the baby was “happy and well nourished” despite its injuries that occurred almost a year ago.

“Wholly wrong to stigmatise those with mental health difficulties”

It was found that the child’s mother had suffered with mental health difficulties in the past, but had sought help. The judge argued: “it would be wholly wrong to stigmatise those with mental health difficulties as somehow more likely to injure a child”.

There was no evidence found against the parents despite the case being vigorously tested in cross-examination. The account of what happened from the perspective of the parents had been consistent throughout the entire case, suggesting truth in their explanations.

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