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Pregnant Woman Flees
November 12, 2007 permalink
Fran Lyon, menaced with baby removal on the expected birth of her child next January, has fled her locality to a different part of Britain. British social services plan to have social workers and police attending the birth, to remove the baby as soon as the cord is cut. If this was fiction, a publisher would reject the story as implausible. We will see whether Fran's move will save her baby. With the hullabaloo about informing pregnant women of baby removal, it is possible British social services will shift to the American model: assure the mother there is no plan to take the baby, then snatch it from the helpless mother in the delivery room, sometimes even before the afterbirth. We had earlier stories on Fran on October 18 and November 3.
Mum-to-be flees North to keep tot
Nov 11 2007, by Phil Doherty, Sunday Sun
A PREGNANT woman claims she has been hounded from her home by social workers who plan to take her baby as soon as the cord is cut.
Fran Lyon, 22, has been told by Northumberland County Council her unborn daughter will be taken from her because she may suffer from Munchausen Syndrome By Proxy in the future and harm her child.
She has left her Hexham home, alleging the birth plan drawn up by social services is abusive to her unborn child, Molly.
She has moved to the Midlands to be closer to her family for the birth.
She said: “They won’t even let me breast-feed her because they allege I might poison her.
“This is just an extreme over-reaction and complete nonsense. “I’m hoping the acrimony and difficulty between Northumberland County Council and myself will not be repeated with the new social services team.”
Fran, whose baby is due in eight weeks, has told social services of her move and her legal team are due to met the representatives of the new social services team that will now take on her case.
According to the birth plan — which has been seen by the Sunday Sun — two midwives must be present. It details how the baby will be taken from Ms Lyon as soon as the cord is cut, that the child is removed to foster care as soon as possible and that the police will be called if she doesn’t co-operate.
Source: Sunday Sun (UK)