The High Court has ruled that a five month old baby who is yet to be given a name should be put up for adoption.
The ruling came amid concerns over the father’s aggressive and potentially dangerous behaviour.
The father was accused of threatening to kill one social worker and assaulting another, apparently frustrated with what he saw was an “invasive” approach by Hertfordshire County Council.
On top of the physical aggression, Mrs Justice Parker said she was “troubled” by the fact that the child did not yet have a name, calling it “emotionally harmful” to the child.
“His father has refused to give him a name … I think ideally the mother independently would not have taken that view. Every child needs a name.”
The judge said the case was “terribly sad”, and expressed concern for the child’s mother, who has a learning disability.
She added that the learning disability was not a factor in the child being taken away.
“Learning disability is not in itself a reason for a parent not looking after a child. Many clever people make absolutely rotten parents and many people who are intellectually impaired are warm and caring and provide children with a wonderful upbringing. No one is a perfect parent.”
The father said he and his partner would appeal the ruling.