Wrongful removal cases

This archive contains cases of wrongful removal by Child Protective Services or comparable organizations in countries other than the USA.

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Cirila Baltazar Cruz

The 2-day-old daughter of Cirila Baltazar Cruz was removed because the mother was not able to speak English.

Removal date: 2008-11-08
Authorities involved: Mississippi Department of Human Services

Couple from Basildon, United Kingdom

Couple had two children removed because of what later appeared to have been an accident, yet because children had previously removed children it gave them the right to take every subsequently born child. When the couple were expecting again, they fled to Ireland, where social services seized the child.

Removal date: 2009-06-06

Encarnación Bail Romero

While being incarcerated after an immigration round up Encarnación Bail Romero lost custody of her son Carlos, who was subsequent;y adopted by a Missouri couple.

Removal date: 2007-05-22

Forced adoptions of Slovak children in the UK

In several independent cases, children were forcibly removed from their families, placed in foster care and put up for adoption. The families in question were Slovaks living in the United Kingdom.

Removal date: 2012-10-05

Leo Ratte

7-year-old boy incidentally received an alcohol spiked lemonade from his father, Christopher Ratte, while at a base ball game. Leo was removed and his father was banished from the family home, until a case worker concluded the father had made an innocent mistake.

Removal date: 2008-04-05
Authorities involved: Michigan DHS

Mark and Nicky Webster

Norfolk couple whose children were removed and adopted out because of alleged child abuse, which in retrospect didn't seem to be the case. Since adoption is irreversible, they will not get back their children.

Removal date: 2003-10-01

Matthew and Katie Dean

Couple lost custody to their child for almost a year, because of a blood clot in the brain. As a military man Matthew Dean was considered a danger to his children. The couple eventually won in court and got their son back.

Removal date: 2007-08-01

Mr. and Mrs. N

An English couple had their twin babies taken by social workers after the mother had joked that their caesarean birth had ruined her body. Hospital staff also had concerns the twins were not given enough milk or being changed often enough.

Removal date: 2009-02-01

Pauline Goodwin

Pauline Goodwin went into hospital to give birth to a baby daughter in June 2005, where social workers asked her to sign the papers that would entitle them to put the baby into care. Goodwin refused.

When the baby was just three days old, Goodwin was summoned to court and instructed to leave her baby in the care of the hospital. The judge issued a care order and by the time Goodwin left the courtroom, the social services had already dropped by the hospital to collect her baby.

Removal date: 2005-06-01

Philip O'Gorman

The three children of Philip O’Gorman have been put up for adoption because it is alleged one of them missed some days in school, some medical appointments were missed, they were seen to be dirty and unkempt and that they would not cooperate with social services. The family contest the allegations, and believe that neither of these allegations is sufficient to warrant children being forcibly adopted into another family.

Removal date: 2006-01-01

Rachel Pullen

In 2007, officials claimed Rachel Pullen lacked the intelligence to cope with the complex medical needs of her dauhter child, who was born prematurely.  As a result her daughter child was removed by Nottingham Social Services at birth. Rachel Pullen is fighting the decision in the European Court of Human rights.

Removal date: 2006-04-01

Richard and Susan's daughter Jenny

Jenny was five years old when she was removed from her parents house, allegedly because her father mistreated dogs he was breeding.

Removal date: 2007-04-01
Authorities involved: RSPCA

Scott Stevens

3-year-old boy was removed from the home of Alison and Andy Stevens after having been taken to the hospital for a broken leg. Instead of diagnosing brittle bone diseas, child abuse was wrongfully assumed. Scott Stevens stayed in foster care for three months before he was allowed to return home.

Removal date: 1985-01-01

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