Court Rules That Child Is Not Entitled to Compensation After Mother Allegedly Drank Excessively While Pregnant
The Court of Appeal in England has ruled that a young child is not entitled to criminal injuries compensation after her mother allegedly drank excessively while pregnant.
The case concerned a six-year-old child who suffers from health problems which the local authorities claimed is as a result of her mother’s alcohol consumption while pregnant. She was reportedly born with Foetal Alcohol Syndrome.
When news broke that the case was going to court, a legal representative for the Council stated: “It’s for the court of appeal now to decide whether recklessly taking alcohol was tantamount to poisoning the foetus.”
He added that it was “simply about proving that if there was recklessness and it has resulted in damage, the child is then entitled to an award which will improve their lives.”