Adoption order for boy, 2, who ate out of a dog bowl


A toddler said to have been eating out of a dog bowl should be taken into council care and placed for adoption, a family court judge has concluded.

Social workers had started to investigate after receiving an anonymous call saying the little boy - now two - was "neglected" and "eating out of a dog bowl", said Judge Sarah Lynch.

The judge was told by a psychologist that the youngster's mother had a learning difficulty - and she heard that his father was unknown.

Judge Lynch concluded that the boy's mother was unable to meet his needs and would need 24-support every day if he stayed in her care.

The judge said the boy had "suffered harm" and would suffer more harm if he remained at home.

She said there was no other family members who could look after him.

Judge Lynch analysed the case at a hearing in a family court at Leeds and her ruling has been published on a legal website.

The judge said the youngster could not be identified - and she did not name the council which had responsibility for his welfare.