Teenage girl accused of multiple attacks on her mother must go into council care, judge rules

A teenage girl arrested three times in three months over allegations she attacked her mother must go into council care, a family court judge has decided.

The youngster was placed into interim council care earlier this year, pending decisions about her long-term future, and had moved to a specialist unit that caters for adolescents with acute mental health problems.

Judge Paul Middleton-Roy has now concluded she suffered neglect and harm while living at home with her mother and made a final care order.

He ruled another child in the family should also go into council care.

Specialists told the judge the girl had a range of mental health problems and posed a risk to herself and others.

Social workers said the girl’s mother, who also has mental health difficulties, had struggled to manage.

Between November 2019 and February this year, the girl was arrested three times after allegations she had attacked her mother and been armed with a knife, the judge heard.

Judge Middleton-Roy said the girl and the other child will be able to stay in contact with their mother.

He considered the children’s cases at a recent family court hearing and has outlined his decisions in a written ruling published online.

The judge has not named the children and said they cannot be identified in media reports of the case.

He has not named the council involved nor said at which court the hearing was staged.

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