'Baby passed out after parents gave him alcohol', judge concludes

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Family court: The family division of the High Court heard that a baby boy was given alcohol by his parents: AP

A baby lost consciousness after he was given alcohol by his parents, a judge has concluded after a hearing at a family court.

The little boy, whose 31-year-old mother had worked at a children’s nursery, was admitted to hospital when he was three months old after he began vomiting.

He then suffered “unexplained episodes” of unusual limb movements and unconsciousness, Mr Justice MacDonald was told during a private hearing at the Family Division of the High Court in London.

Tests revealed “extremely high” levels of alcohol – plus an antihistamine drug – in the baby’s system.

Details of the case emerged in a written ruling in which Mr Justice MacDonald concluded that one or both of the baby's parents gave him alcohol and antihistamine after analysing evidence

The judge said social services bosses at East Sussex County Council had welfare responsibilities for the little boy and asked for decisions on how alcohol and antihistamine got into his system.

The judge said he could not be sure how or why the alcohol entered the child’s system but the evidence showed that the boy’s 26-year-old father had suggested giving the baby whisky if he would not settle.

His mother claimed that hand sanitiser containing alcohol had got into the child’s system but the judge was satisfied that this was not to blame.

The judge said evidence also suggested that the relationship of the parents, who both denied giving their son alcohol and antihistamine, was under strain and that the boy's father had threatened to kill his partner and the baby if she left him.

The judge said the family could not be identified.

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