A two-month-old baby who lived in a car with his homeless parents has tragically died.The baby boy, known only as Donald, was born prematurely two months ago and the cause of his death is unknown. Donald ended up sleeping in the car after his parents were evicted from a house they were renting and couldn’t afford the deposit for a new place.
Claire Matthews, who runs the Hope for Food soup kitchen in Bournemouth, worked closely with the family. She said the family are “grief-stricken”. “They are in a very dark place at the moment, they have nothing to live for now,” she said.
Claire said Donald’s mum, known only as Jane, had moved to Dorset from Kent while still pregnant to escape the threat of domestic violence from an ex-partner. It is believed his devastated parents are currently living in a bed and breakfast and have said in the past they have been let down by local councils unable to find them permanent housing.
Poole Borough Council confirmed they had been in contact with the couple and had offered advice and support. But officials said they were unable to help at at the time of their inquiry because they were based outside of the borough.