A recent Court of Appeal case has halted the adoption of a little boy to allow further investigation of the risk that his parents may have been wrongly accused of abusing him. The boy, who cannot be named, suffered multiple broken bones which the High Court decided last year were inflicted by one or other of his parents. As a result the court decided that the boy should be placed outside his family for adoption.
A further review of his medical records revealed the possibility that a deficiency of Vitamin D might have been responsible for the bones being broken through normal handling. The Court of Appeal halted the adoption process to obtain further expert evidence on this point from an eminent endocrinologist. The case was reported in the Daily Telegraph.
This case demonstrates the importance of getting expert and specialist advice where non-accidental injuries to a child are alleged, leading to possible permanent removal of the child and adoption.