Court to decide whether mother committed crime against child with fetal alcohol disorderBMJ 2014; 349 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g6705 (Published 07 November 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6705
- Clare Dyer
- 1The BMJ
The Court of Appeal for England and Wales is to rule on whether an alcoholic mother whose daughter was born with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder committed a violent crime against her child, in a test case that could open the way for dozens of similarly affected children to win payments from the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority.
The case has been brought on behalf of a 7 year old girl with developmental problems by the unnamed local council in northwest England that is responsible for her. Publicity over the case has sparked a widespread debate over the dangers of drinking during pregnancy, and charities have voiced …