Mother Who Tries To Kill Her Baby Allowed Contact, Whilst Thousands of Competent Mothers Are Denied The Same Right
In a case which tells us more about the conflicting processes of the legal system than it does about the merits of this case, a woman who tried to stab her baby to death has been given the right to…
The twist to this story comes in the mother’s application for contact itself – she was due to be deported to her home country shortly after serving her jail sentence. By invoking her Article 8 rights under the law (Right to Private and Family Life), and by gaining contact with her daughter, she has effectively managed to remain in Britain. And although it appears from the facts in this piece from the Mail that the mother came to England reluctantly, we can’t help but feel that she would not be welcome in her home country, as a divorcee with a prison term under her belt for trying to murder her own daughter.
It also strikes us as odd that this parent should have been able to invoke Article 8 – after trying to kill her own baby daughter, it is hard to justify enforcing such a right in the face of the ultimate test inherent within the Paramountcy Principle: the risk of future harm.
And this is what seems so bizarre to us. How can a court award contact, to a parent who clearly poses a terrible threat to a small child, without so much as a psychiatric report in sight. How do the courts know what kind of a threat the mother poses to her child and what support will there be when the child finds out her mother tried to kill her? These are all very concerning questions, for which we don’t seem to have any answers.
We find it astounding.
Mostyn, sir, what on Earth is this all about?
Called a game. Where they all sit back and have a real good laugh.
In plain English, called taking the piss.