Thursday 19 April 2018

12-week-old baby in care as parents 'intoxicated'

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David Raleigh

A judge ordered a 12-week old baby be placed in emergency foster care after an allegation that he was travelling in a car with his parents who were both intoxicated.

Limerick District Court heard the infant was at "significant risk" in his parents' care.

Sergeant Gary Thompson, Newcastle West Garda Station, told the court that when he arrived at the scene he found the baby's mother and father were both drunk.

"Both mum and dad were extremely intoxicated," Sgt Thompson said.

"There was a strong smell of alcohol on them both. They both had glazed eyes, and they were behaving in an erratic and unreasonable manner."

Sgt Thompson said he also smelled cannabis on the boy's parents.

Giving evidence, the mother admitted she had a "drink problem", but denied taking drugs.

She admitted consuming "two glasses of wine" last Wednesday after remaining sober for five months previously. "I had a slip," she told the court.

Social services became aware of potential issues last November, after the mother, who was seven months pregnant, allegedly presented at hospital with raised alcohol levels in her blood.

Una Kissane, a social worker with Tusla, told the court there was a "serious risk" to the baby if he was allowed stay in his parents' care.

"The only place for (baby) is in general foster care, in order to ensure his safety," she added.

Sgt Thompson said gardaí were forced to take the mother into custody last night, as she was "a danger to herself and others".

Judge O'Leary granted the emergency care order for eight days, finding there was an "immediate risk to the child".

Irish Independent

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