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British Social Services Confiscates Baby From Mother’s Womb After Committing Her To Mental Hospital

Report: UK Confiscates Baby From Mother’s Womb After Forced Mental Hospital Stay – Big Peace

An Italian woman is fighting for custody of her 15-month-old daughter, who she alleges British social services removed from her womb after over a month of involuntary commitment at a psychiatric hospital.

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According to a report by the Telegraph, the woman, who remains unnamed to the public as her case unfolds, traveled while pregnant to Essex in 2012 for an airline’s training course. Once there, an escalated episode of travel anxiety turned into an unending bureaucratic nightmare and violation of her reproductive rights.

When the woman could not find passports for her daughters who were still in Italy with her mother, she called the police. They arrived while she was on the phone with her mother, with whom they asked to speak. Her mother told them she suffered from bi-polar disorder and probably did not take her medication. The police said they were going to take her to the hospital to check on the baby but reportedly took her instead to a psychiatric hospital.

According to her lawyers, she told the hospital staff she wanted to return to her hotel, but they restrained and committed her. In August 2012 – more than a month into her forced stay – doctors delivered her baby, and she says the procedure was performed against her will.

By now Essex social services were involved, and five weeks later she was told she could not have breakfast that day. When no explanation was forthcoming, she volubly protested. She was strapped down and forcibly sedated, and when she woke up hours later, found she was in a different hospital and that her baby had been removed by caesarean section while she was unconscious and taken into care by social workers. She was not allowed to see her baby daughter, and later learnt that a High Court judge, Mr Justice Mostyn, had given the social workers permission to arrange for the child to be delivered. In October, at a hearing before another judge, she was represented by lawyers assigned to her by the local authority and told she would be escorted back to Italy without her baby.

The mother resumed her medication and started to fight for her daughter. Courts in Rome were upset by her story, but a judge said since she did not fight the decision further in the UK justice system, she had officially accepted the foreign nation’s jurisdiction in the case. However, her legal team contests, she did not know what they were going to do with her, and she was unconscious during the c-section.

They claim that even if the council had been acting in the woman’s best interests, officials should have consulted her family beforehand and also involved Italian social services, who would be better-placed to look after the child.

Brendan Fleming, the woman’s British lawyer, told The Sunday Telegraph: “I have never heard of anything like this in all my 40 years in the job.

“I can understand if someone is very ill that they may not be able to consent to a medical procedure, but a forced caesarean is unprecedented.

“If there were concerns about the care of this child by an Italian mother, then the better plan would have been for the authorities here to have notified social services in Italy and for the child to have been taken back there.”

The mother returned to Britain in February 2013 for a hearing in her case. According to her lawyers, the judge at that hearing seemed to understand she was currently of sound mind, but he said he could not allow her to regain custody of her child in case she suffered a relapse. Thus, the child must be placed for adoption.

British law states that children up for adoption should be placed with members of extended families. The woman’s ex-husband, an American who fathered her first child, is pleading with the courts to allow his sister to gain custody. Essex services have denied his request because the aunt is only an aunt through the child’s half-sister and is not a blood relative.

Therefore, if the woman does not successfully appeal the court’s decision, her daughter will be sent to live with complete strangers, cut off from her real family all because of a single panic attack in the wrong country at the wrong time.

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Yet Another Democrat Politician In Trouble For Committing Multiple Felonies

Possible Felonies Cited For Rep. Christina Ayala – Connecticut Post

The State Elections Enforcement Commission has referred Bridgeport state Rep. Christina Ayala for criminal prosecution in connection with a phony address she used to apply for public financing during her 2012 campaign for the General Assembly.

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The commission on Wednesday recommended five potential criminal charges, including felonies of fabricating evidence and fraud. The commission’s findings follow a Hearst Connecticut Newspapers investigation in December that revealed Ayala was living outside her district.

The charges were serious enough to compel Speaker of the House J. Brendan Sharkey to immediately remove the first-term lawmaker from her membership on three legislative committees.

But if the decision and its immediate and potential consequences upset Ayala, she didn’t show it Wednesday afternoon.

Not reachable by phone all day, she was found around 4:30 p.m. sitting at her father Tito’s bar on Beechwood Avenue knocking back shots in celebration of her sister Anis’ birthday.

“It is an ongoing investigation,” Ayala said of the commission’s recommendation. “Unfortunately at this moment I cannot comment.”

But asked whether she would consider stepping down from the legislature, she replied, “All I will say is I love my job.”

Christina Ayala also wouldn’t talk about the state panel’s recommendation that her mother, Democratic Registrar of Voters Santa Ayala, be criminally investigated for fraud and conspiracy for allowing her daughter to use a false address on Noble Avenue as her place of residence between 2009 and 2013. The investigation revealed evidence that Santa Ayala knew of and may have cooperated in the fraud.

“I don’t have any comment. Obviously, the city attorneys are involved,” the registrar said in a brief interview Wednesday.

Since the issue involves her actions as Bridgeport’s Democratic registrar of voters, the city attorney’s office will be involved in her defense.

Santa Ayala’s actions previously came under fire during the 2010 gubernatorial election, when she and other election officials failed to order enough ballots, delaying for days the outcome of the election.

Hearst Connecticut Newspapers first reported about Christina Ayala’s false address last year, after the discrepancy was noticed in a police report on an incident in which she was involved.

Ayala, a Democrat, allegedly listed an address where she did not live when applying for the Citizens Election Program, which provides campaign money for candidates who reach threshold limits of no more than $100 per contribution.

An elections commission investigation found that Ayala voted in nine different elections using that address, when she actually resided elsewhere.

“There is evidence that she ran for elected office twice from this false address during the period, including for the office she currently holds,” said the report of a commission attorney. “There is evidence that she also applied for funds from the Citizens’ Election Program using this false address. Additionally, the investigation revealed evidence that Representative Ayala fabricated evidence in response to this investigation, with the intent of misleading Commission staff.”

Sharkey immediately took Ayala off the Appropriations, Housing and Children’s committees.

“For an elected official, maintaining the public trust is paramount,” he said. “The fact that this case has moved to a different level calls into question whether that trust has been breached. Until this matter is resolved, I have relieved Representative Ayala of her membership from her assigned legislative committees.”

In a statement, Mayor Bill Finch, who had avoided commenting on Christina Ayala’s troubles until recently, said he was alarmed by the allegations against both mother and daughter.

“These are a very serious, alarming and troublesome series of allegations regarding election laws involving Christina Ayala and Santa Ayala,” he said. “These allegations seem to reflect a very disturbing pattern of behavior, but at this juncture they are just that — allegations — which must be investigated to the fullest extent by the appropriate authorities. The investigation will have to run its course, and I will reserve further comment until the findings are in.”

Staff writers Brian Lockhart and Daniel Tepfer contributed to this story.

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