A Somerset mother who went on the run with her son after losing a custody battle has been called "utterly irresponsible" by a judge.
Rebecca Minnock, 35, from Highbridge, appeared at Bristol Crown Court today as a hearing was held to decide her three-year-old son Ethan's immediate future.
She went into hiding with him for over two weeks after a judge ruled that Ethan should live with his father Roger Williams, and that Ms Minnock only be allowed supervised contact after she made a series of false allegations against her former partner.
Judge Stephen Wildblood QC said her actions in running away had amounted to an irresponsible publicity stunt.
Rebecca Minnock, who previously said she had "felt trapped", handed herself and her son in to the police on Friday night after 17 days in hiding and a nationwide search. Ethan is now with his father. The judge has said he will do everything possible to ensure the boy has "an effective relationship" with both parents.
There were no criminal proceedings against Ms Minnock today, and all subsequent family hearings will be held in private.
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