Court approves transfer of baby to UK

Tuesday 26 August 2014 21.53
The baby can be brought to the UK where she will be looked after by her father
The baby can be brought to the UK where she will be looked after by her father

The High Court has cleared the way for a seven-month-old baby, born to a woman with several psychological disorders, to be taken to the UK to ultimately be cared for by her father.

The baby girl was born in Ireland in January after her mother travelled here using false identification to avoid UK social services.

A barrister for the Health Service Executive told the High Court today that a concerned neighbour alerted Irish social services that a woman had given birth to a baby at home and had not received any medical treatment.

It transpired that the baby girl's mother had been reported missing in the UK and there were concerns for her.

She had been diagnosed with a number of psychological disorders. Sarah McKechnie, acting for the Child and Family Agency, said the woman had been diagnosed with a number of psychological disorders.

The court heard that the woman had given birth to two other children in the UK.

One of the children is with the father while the second child died while in the mother’s care aged four months in 2008.

In February, the HSE obtained an emergency care order and the four-week-old baby born in Ireland was placed in foster care.

Earlier this summer the High Court ruled that the baby's case can be transferred to a court in the UK.

Today Ms Justice Isuelt O'Malley was told the father was consenting to his daughter being placed in foster care in the UK for a number of weeks before being put in his care.

Ms Justice O'Malley consented to the baby being taken to the UK.

The mother will be allowed access to her baby until she leaves but does not intend travelling to the UK.