A NURSE has had her one-year-old son taken from her care after a social worker reported her for letting him sit in an “inappropriate” Bob The Builder toy car.
The worker told a judge she had concerns about the woman’s “basic parenting skills” after watching her play with the boy.
Alamy The boy was seen playing on a Bob The Builder themed toy – not suggested to be this one
Judge Eleanor Owens heard the social worker thought the woman didn’t feed her son properly and hadn’t changed his nappy correctly.
The boy was taken from his mum and put in the care of relatives – with the nurse allowed to stay in touch.
Judge Owens said the social worker watched the woman, “spend about an hour holding [the boy] who was sitting in the Bob The Builder car”.
The social worker had told how the woman “maintained limited eye contact and communication” and said the toy car was “inappropriate” for his age because there was “a potential risk of [the boy] falling if [the woman] lost control of him”.
Alamy The way the mother let the boy play on children’s TV character themed car was a concern for the social worker
The private family court hearing in Reading, Berkshire, heard all professionals involved were concerned about the woman’s “lack of insight”.
Judge Owens added the woman was a qualified nurse, but had an “extremely low range” of intellectual inability.
Council social services staff had asked her to make decisions about the boy’s future, after an independent social worker prepared a report from observing mother and son.
“The independent social worker highlighted some of the concerns around [the woman’s] ability to meet the needs of [the boy],” said the judge in her ruling.
“These include … not feeding [the boy] in an appropriate position, not changing [his] nappy appropriately, and placing [his] nappy changing mat very close to a metal table leg when [he] was moving around on the mat.”