Judge decides boy deliberately burned with heater by parent should live with relative

A young boy who suffered burns after one of his parents held him against a heater should leave home and live with a relative, a judge has said.

Mrs Justice Judd said the boy suffered serious injuries consistent with burn marks from a heater when aged around two.

The judge, who is based in the Family Division of the High Court in London, has outlined detail of the case in a ruling after considering issues at a private hearing.

Another judge had concluded at an earlier hearing that either the boy’s mother or father had become frustrated, on more than one occasion, and deliberately held him against a heater.

Mrs Justice Judd said the boy, who was born in 2016, cannot be identified in media reports but she said social services bosses at Coventry City Council (pictured) have responsibility for his welfare.

The judge indicted the boy had gone into temporary foster care after his injuries were discovered.

She approved a plan, drawn up by social services staff, for the boy to be brought up by a relative living abroad.

The couple had denied hurting their son.

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