Sunday 25 February 2018

Supreme Court speeds up appeal in 'violent mum' case

Dearbhail McDonald

Dearbhail McDonald

THE Supreme Court has fast-tracked an appeal by an "extremely violent" mother with convictions for child cruelty and firearms possession who wants the Irish courts to deal with her baby's childcare case.

The mother of four, who is pregnant, fled social workers in the UK and gave birth to a girl at Dublin's Rotunda Maternity Hospital last September after arriving heavily pregnant.

Earlier this month the woman failed to prevent the HSE getting orders that the future care of her now nine-month-old baby – who is in foster care here – should be dealt with by the courts in England and Wales.

The HSE, which secured emergency care orders to take the child into care after her birth, had urged the High Court to ask the courts in England and Wales to deal with the case.

The High Court said it was in the best interests of the baby girl for the case to be dealt with by the English courts. The Supreme Court will consider the woman's appeal on Friday.

Irish Independent

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