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Prisoner parents launch appeal against baby adoption order

Newcastle Combined Court. Copyright Google Images.
Newcastle Combined Court. Copyright Google Images.

The parents of a baby girl ordered to be put up for adoption by a judge say they plan to launch an appeal to get her back.

The mother and father of the youngster – who both have criminal records – say they have not been given enough time to prove they can be good parents.

They have now vowed to fight the decision made by Judge Simon Wood at Newcastle’s Family Court to grant South Tyneside Council the adoption order. The father said: “The decision to place my daughter up for adoption, as far as I’m concerned is not the final decision. We are launching an appeal against it.

“We know we’ve done wrong but there are plenty of ex-criminals and criminals who have got their kids.

“I’m doing courses and I haven’t been in trouble for a long time. I don’t drink or take drugs.

“We just don’t feel as though we have been given enough time to prove we can be good parents and that we are turning our lives around.”

During the family court hearing, the Judge said the mother had spent much of her childhood in care.

She had 22 arrests and convictions for assault, drunkenness and street robbery.

She gave birth to her daughter while both she and her partner were behind bars.

The father has been convicted of 95 offences during 45 court appearances.

The court had heard the mother’s cousin had stepped forward to care for the child.

However, despite the judge describing the cousin as “a decent, wholly competent and meritorious young mother”, he said the risk posed by the baby’s father meant she had to be adopted outside her biological family.

The baby girl’s mother said: “I was jailed in the later stages of my pregnancy.

“I should be given the chance to prove I can be a good mother.

“I’ve done lots of courses, I’ve done parenting courses, alcoholic courses and they know that. They know we are turning our lives around.

“Why couldn’t they just have given us more time to prove it?”

South Tyneside Council was unavilable for comment.