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Teenage girl and baby boy are in State care

A 16 year old girl and her new born son have been taken into care of the State

A 16 year old girl and her new born son have been taken into care of the State

  • by David Hurley
 

A SIXTEEN-year-old girl and her newborn son have been taken into the care of the State after the Child and Family Agency (CFA) secured interim care orders.

At a sitting of the district court, the presiding judge was told an emergency care order was granted a number of weeks ago - two days after the baby boy was born.

A social worker told the court that neither the girl nor her parents knew she was pregnant as it was a “concealed pregnancy”.

The court heard the girl was “traumatised and in complete shock” when she presented in hospital following the unassisted delivery.

The social worker said the girl’s family were previously known to the social services as there were concerns about hygiene and neglect.

In her evidence the social worker said that the teenage girl has a “mild learning disability” and that there are “huge concerns surrounding her capacity to consent to sexual intercourse”.

The identity of the father is not known and a court-ordered paternity test is to be carried out in a effort to establish his identity.

The presiding judge was told the teenager and the baby are being cared for separately in the foster system but that the girl has spent time with her child.

When the judge asked about the condition of the baby, the social worker said he was full-term and was a healthy weight when born.

Because of the circumstances of his birth she said he was kept in hospital for a number of days for observation but was subsequently discharged.

 
 
 

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