The Italian woman was sedated and her baby delivered against her will, after Essex social services obtained a court order in August 2012 for the birth “to be enforced by way of caesarean section”.
After the C-section, the woman, who has two other children and is divorced, was sent back to Italy without her daughter. She returned to Britain in February to request the return of her daughter, who is now 15 months old, but was told at Chelmsford Crown Court that she was to be put up for adoption in case her mother suffered a relapse.
UPDATE: Essex CC has a statement here. Thanks to Nathan Emmerich for the pointer via twitter.
UPDATE 2: There’s a really good analysis at Pink Tape.
UPDATE 3: The judgement about adoption.
UPDATE 4: And the judgement about the caesarian.