A mother who repeatedly accused her ex-partner of sexual abusing their daughter has been banned from further contact with her.
Sitting at the High Court, Ms Justice Russell noted that due to her “persistent and unsubstantiated” allegations, her four year-old daughter had had to endure multiple “intimate examinations” by doctors. The repeated claims had damaged her relationship with her father she added.
‘B’ lived with her mother following her parents’ separation and the latter had hired a nanny to help with the childcare. The mother had unspecified links to Israel.
Two years ago, after a court concluded that abuse allegations made by the mother had no basis in reality, a family court judge ordered a rare change of residence, sending her to live with her father instead. The courts were then asked to rule on how much contact the mother should have with her daughter.
The father appealed after a judge ruled last year that she should be allowed some contact. Ms Justice Russell has now overturned that decision, saying the woman’s behaviour had caused her daughter clear emotional harm.
The Judge declared:
“When viewed as a whole the harm caused to this child by her mother was significant. Not only was she found to have repeatedly subjected to intimate examinations, solely at the behest of her mother, she was prevented from having uninhibited relationship (sic) with her father as an infant. On any view, the repeated invasive intimate examinations … were in themselves abusive.”
“B is a young and vulnerable child whose first few years of life were blighted by her mother’s irrational, abusive and harmful behaviour.”
The family courts should not hesitate to prohibit contact to protect a child’s welfare or safety the Judge concluded.
You can read the full ruling here.
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