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City solicitor represents mother of 'forcibly removed' baby

Brendan Fleming representing woman after Essex social services reportedly obtained a High Court order that allowed her to be forcibly sedated and her child to be taken from her womb.

A firm of Birmingham solicitors are representing an Italian mum who 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, who was in Britain on a work trip, because she had suffered a mental breakdown.

The baby girl, who is 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.

Brendan Fleming Solicitors said it would “fight tooth and nail” to reunite the mother with her child. A spokesman for the firm said: “Due to the confidential nature of the proceedings, we are unable to discuss the facts, evidence or information in this case.

“We remain committed to fighting for our clients and shall fight tooth and nail to help Mother be re-united with her baby.”

The case will be raised in Parliament this week by John Hemming, Yardley’s Liberal Democrat MP.

He said: “I have seen a number of cases of abuses of people’s rights in the family courts, but this has to be one of the more extreme.”

 
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