Mother of head injury baby loses fight to keep her children

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A MUM who blamed her former partner for her baby daughter’s fractured skull has lost a bid to save her two children from adoption.

The family came to the attention of social services last year when the mother, who cannot be identified, took her heavily-bruised daughter to hospital.

A skull fracture was diagnosed and the girl and her three-year-old sister, were put in temporary care.

Now they have been placed for adoption after a family judge rejected the mother’s claim that the younger girl’s dad was to blame.

She alleged he must have caused the injury during unsupervised contact, but he denied ever being alone with her.

In his ruling, Judge Simon Wood said the girl was a “vulnerable toddler” who relied on her mother’s protection.

He said: “I am quite satisfied the injuries were caused by a blunt trauma that would have hurt her very much at the time, as anyone present would have known.

“I am left with the depressing conclusion that, over the course of a week, she was subjected to repeated blunt trauma on at least three occasions.

“I cannot say if the mother did it. Like the father, I am hesitant to reach that as the sole explanation.

“But it occurred in her care and I cannot exclude her as a perpetrator, however much I am suspicious that she is protecting someone else.

“If that is the explanation, by not disclosing it she has not protected her daughter and has exposed her to harm of a serious kind and, whether through fear, embarrassment or whatever in her attempt to conceal what happened, it would be in my judgment the most serious dereliction of parental duty.”

The case was before the Family Court in Newcastle after an application by Sunderland City Council for adoption placement orders.

Although he said there were good qualities in the mother, the judge said the best way forward for the girls would be if they were adopted as a pair.

He continued: “There is little by way of consolation that can be offered to a parent in such circumstances, other than that the order that the court has made in its judgment gives these children the best opportunity of growing up as emotionally secure and safe children, and achieving whatever potential they may have.”