Woman has child taken from her womb by social services

Exclusive: Essex social services have obtained a court order against a woman   that allowed her to be forcibly sedated and for her child to be taken from   her womb by caesarean section

The case has developed into an international legal row, with lawyers for the woman describing it as “unprecedented”

The case has developed into an international legal row, with lawyers for the woman describing it as “unprecedented” Photo: ALAMY

8:58PM GMT 30 Nov 2013

A pregnant woman has had her baby forcibly removed by caesarean section by   social workers.

Essex social services obtained a High Court order against the woman that   allowed her to be forcibly sedated and her child to be taken from her womb.

The council said it was acting in the best interests of the woman, an Italian   who was in Britain on a work trip, because she had suffered a mental   breakdown.

The baby girl, now 15 months old, is still in the care of social services, who   are refusing to give her back to the mother, even though she claims to have   made a full recovery.

The case has developed into an international legal row, with lawyers for the   woman describing it as “unprecedented”.

They claim that even if the council had been acting in the woman’s best   interests, officials should have consulted her family beforehand and also   involved Italian social services, who would be better-placed to look after   the child.

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