Parents lose tot over smoking: Toddler Removed Smoking
Published: June 1, 2015
Parents lose tot over smoking: Toddler Removed Smoking, Extreme amounts of cigarette smoke in the home compelled an English judge to remove a 2-year-old boy from his parents’ care and place him for adoption.
A 2-year-old boy who had been living in a “cloud of smoke” will be placed for adoption after a judge ruled he be removed from his parents’ care.
The child, who needs an inhaler to breathe, was also forced to live in a home full of drug paraphernalia and had electrical wires dangling over his toy box, reports The Guardian.
Judge Louise Pemberton made her ruling at a family court hearing Monday.
The decision came after health workers described the extreme “smoky house” and how she once found the child sleeping on a sofa surrounded by a “visible cloud of smoke” as his father sat next to him.
The health professionals also said the home was “dirty, smelly and unhygienic” the newspaper reported.
“The parents seemed unable … when the issue of smoking around (the boy) was raised by any other professional, to acknowledge or appreciate the concern and adapt their behavior,” the judge ruled, according to the newspaper.
In my judgment his parents loved him very much and tried very hard but they were simply not able to meet his needs.
The court also addressed other problems regarding the family.
The child’s father had also tested positive for cocaine and is undergoing therapy for mental health issues, the newspaper reported. Case workers also expressed concerns related to domestic violence, lack of supervision for the boy and failure to provide him with adequate food, the newspaper reported.
The parents denied the house was unclean and originally the mother said they never smoked. She later admitted the house was “smoky” on some occasions,” The Guardian reports.
But Pemberton ruled she did not think the parents had sufficient understanding of the case workers’ concerns for their parenting ability. Regarding adoption she said “nothing else will do.”
“I am afraid that all of these matters lead me to an unavoidable and difficult conclusion that the risks to (the child) in being placed with his parents are far too high,” the judge ruled, according to the newspaper. “I want (him) to know that in my judgment his parents loved him very much and tried very hard but they were simply not able to meet his needs.”
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