- First of its kind secret court decision meant mother was not told of plans
- Council feared woman might kill herself if they knew baby would be taken
- Newborn was taken last month but decision was only made public today
- Campaigners attack secrecy insisting other options should have been tried
The Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services slammed the move, saying said the mother should have been given a chance to mount a legal defence.
A spokesman for North Somerset Council refused to comment on the individual case, but said: ‘Cases such as this are rarely straightforward, and the decision on whether it is best for a child to remain with its birth parent or be taken into care is never taken without extensive consideration.
‘The care of a child only transfers to the council when all options have been considered and with the court’s agreement.’The Daily Mail has campaigned against secret courts and exposed a series of major scandals over the past year resulting from justice being conducted behind closed doors.Earlier this week it emerged two men, known only as AB and CD, are due to enter a dock at the Old Bailey on June 16 accused of a terror plot.
But the case will be held in secret and the public will not even know the men’s names for unknown ‘national security’ reasons.
And last year it was revealed that social services in Essex forcibly delivered a baby by caesarean section because of fears over her mother’s mental health, following a court ruling that was kept secret for months.
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