Mother forced to flee with unborn child because authorities says she’s ‘too dumb to be a mom’

Mother forced to flee with unborn child because authorities says she’s ‘too dumb to be a mom’

Kerry McDougall is looking forward to the birth of her third son – but fears she may have a tough battle to keep him.

Kerry, 22, deemed by social workers to be “too dumb” to be a mum, has left her home and her two young sons 200 miles away in the hope of preventing her new baby being taken into care at birth.

She and husband Mark say leaving Sean, five and William, three, with the foster family they had been handed to was “the hardest thing”.

But Kerry added: “They’d already been taken from us. The social workers think because I can’t spell long words I’m incapable of love or caring for children.

“I can’t describe how it feels to know your children are somewhere else and are unhappy. I just have to trust one day we’ll get them back.”

The couple fear that if they return home when their son is born they will almost certainly lose him too. Born with a cleft palate, Kerry could not speak properly until she was six.

Her learning difficulties were termed “mild to moderate” by specialists. And she admits her reading and writing are not as good as many adults.

 

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