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High Court makes adoption call for baby with no name

A baby with no name is to be placed for adoption after a High Court judge highlighted concerns about his father's hostility to social workers.

Mrs Justice Parker heard the father of the five-month-old boy had assaulted one social worker and threatened to kill another.

She said she was worried about the baby's mother who has a learning difficulty.

She also said she was "troubled" by the decision not to name the child.

'Emotionally harmful'

The father who appeared to have become frustrated by what he saw as an "invasive" approach by Hertfordshire County Council social services, could be "dangerous" the judge said.

She said she thought it "emotionally harmful" not to give a child a name.

At a family court in Watford Mrs Justice Parker accepted that the couple loved the baby and described the case as "terribly sad".

But she concluded that the combination of the father's hostility and the mother's vulnerability created a high risk of the boy suffering significant emotional harm, and a possibility of him being caught up in violence.

She said the couple's two-year-old son had been taken into care last year after another judge raised similar fears and described the father's behaviour towards social services staff as "dangerous".

She said the five-month-old baby had been taken into interim care days after his birth, pending a final court ruling on his future.

The mother, who cannot be identified, said that was why they had not named the child.

She said she and her partner aim to challenge Mrs Justice Parker's ruling at the Court of Appeal.

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