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Local Authority Allegations Backfire

In this case, we represented a mother.  The youngest child who was just 25 days old had sustained a fracture to the skull.  The father had been taking the child out of the bedroom in his moses basket when it slipped. The child fell out of the moses basket onto the metal carpet gripper.  It was not accepted by the hospital that a fall from knee height could cause the injury.  It became clear that the height was higher than this. A paedaitirican, neurosurgeon and neuroradiologist were instructed and accepted that the explanation could have been plausible. The local authority alleged that the parents were lying about the height of the fall and the case proceeded to a finding of fact hearing.  The court dismissed the case as the injuries were deemed to be accidental and the children were returned to the care of their parents.