A young mother is seeking her son’s return to her from a family with multiple drug trafficking convictions.
The Surrey woman was just 17 years old when she gave birth. At the time, she agreed that relatives of the boy’s father should be his guardians. However since then, the father and two other members of his family have been sent to prison for drug offences.
Now 23, the mother wants to remove her six year-old son from her former boyfriend’s family and look after him herself.
This week, Mr Justice Jackson ruled that a fresh investigation into the boy’s living situation must be conducted. He said “hard questions” needed to be asked in order to find out whether the child was being harmed as a result of living with this family.
Speaking outside the Royal Courts of Justice following the latest hearing, the mother said her son was “living with drug dealers. That just can’t be right”. She had originally agreed to have her ex-boyfriend’s family look after the child as she was just 16 when she fell pregnant. However she insisted she had “grown up since then”, adding:
“I can look after him now and I want him back.”
The mother has represented herself at every stage of her legal bid, which she initially launched in 2013. She cannot afford to instruct a lawyer nor is she eligible for legal aid.
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