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Teenage mum’s baby taken for a second time (mirror)

2nd Feb 2008 | in Social Care

A teenage mum fled a court in tears yesterday when her baby was taken from her for the second time in three days.

A court ruled that the boy, known only as Baby G, must live in foster care while a decision is made on his future.

He had originally been snatched by social workers early on Wednesday two hours after his birth but by lunchtime a judge had ruled this was illegal and ordered his return.

But council officials went back to court yesterday and this time another judge ruled in their favour meaning the 18-year-old mum has lost her child again.

Judge Richard Inglis said at Nottingham county court: "His mother will have frequent contact.

"The court expects to be in a better position later this year to decide who should care for G and what part his mother should play."

The mum, from Nottingham, had to be supported by two relatives as she broke down.

Outside court a friend said she was "devastated and drained".

The mum has mental health problems and had recently left care after running away from home and getting into drugs.

Nottingham Council said after the hearing: "The order allows us to protect the baby while continuing to support the mother."

The mum, who cannot be named, is still suing social services for damages following the removal of her son without a court order.

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