The High Court has ruled that a baby born to a teenage brother and sister must be given up for adoption.
The child was born after a 13 year-old girl became pregnant by her 15 year-old brother. The little boy, who was born in 2012, is now a two year-old toddler.
Originally the boy denied he was the father at all, but DNA testing was carried out and proved he was the father after all. A High Court Judge has now ruled that because the mother is incapable of giving consent, her agreement to a freeing order is not necessary; Mr Justice O’Hara described the family’s circumstances as “depressing” and “hugely unsatisfactory:”
“None of this is her fault; she is a victim of the way in which she was raised. It is hard to identify any positive life experience which she has enjoyed.”
The court heard that the toddler’s mother, who is now 16, has had an “exceptionally difficult life” and that she and the baby were taken into care shortly after his birth, although both placed in different settings and the toddler is now placed with another couple. The father appeared to have no interest in proceedings.