Falsely accused: 'I had to fight social services to get my babies back'
For any devoted mother with a baby who suffers from colic, it’s a familiar ritual. After every feed, Gina Hodgkins would sit her newborn son Teddy on her lap to rub his back and release any trapped wind causing him discomfort.
She did everything right, but an underlying genetic condition (unknown to Teddy’s parents) caused two small bruises to be left on his cheeks. A health visitor saw these bruises and reported Gina and husband Joshua to social services, what then unfolded was every parents’ worst nightmare.
Seven police officers arrived at the door to forcibly remove the sleeping baby from his mother’s frantic grasp. Both Teddy and his sister Amelia, then six, were taken into emergency foster care. It took another five months for their innocence to be proved - they join us now to tell us more about their horrific battle to clear their name.