Every parent is terrified of making a mistake. Not even concerning the big things. It could be as easy as “I hope that was the kind of sandwich he likes” when packing your son’s lunch.
But the worst nightmare of every single parent is having your kids taken away from you.
For one mom in Cambridgeshire, this nightmare became reality after she did something most parents have probably done.
The mother, who remains unnamed, had her two young children stripped from her hands after “continually ignoring advice.”
That advice? Don’t let your kids sleep in your bed.
Social workers raised concerns after they saw bruises on both kids. Social workers advised both parents to stop letting their kids sleep in the family bed, but they did not take the advice.
The family was already the subject of a supervision order after having been in court in respect of an injury to the older child. After then finding injuries on the younger child, social services had no choice but to take matters further.
A judge says he believes the bruises are unintentional, but were still caused by excessive force and rough handling by both parents. The youngest boy had bruises and a broken wrist when he was just months old.
The mother, who has not been named, was deemed not “an honest or reliable witness” after suggesting the younger child’s bruises came from the older child. The judge concluded, “it is more likely, and more likely than not, that the injuries were caused by the mother’s forceful brusque handling.”
The case is kind of odd, because the judge says he has no doubts this mom loves her kids and keeps saying she wasn’t intentionally hurting her kids, but he says she’s still abusing them by co-sleeping. He also was shown evidence how this mother “always thinks she knows best” and ignores everyone’s advice.
The children were both taken from their parents and, at the judge’s discretion, were put up for adoption. The claim is that after being warned by professionals since the birth of her first child to not allow the children to co-sleep with them, neither parent took any measure to protect their children.
It’s still a scary thought, though. Thinking your kids could be taken away from you due to something so simple.
What do you think?