Court papers have revealed a baby removed from her mentally-ill mother after a court-ordered caesarean cannot be cared for by her father as he is an 'over-stayer' in Italy.
The ruling made by Judge Newton, sitting at Chelmsford County Court, explained the father of the child, known as P, was a Senegalese national who went to Italy on a student visa but over-stayed.
He certainly has no status in Italy and he is unable, as I understand it, as a result of his status, either to leave Italy at all, and is certainly not able to come to the United Kingdom.
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