News: Couple told they can keep unrelated Nigerian baby
In a case described by the judge as “extraordinary, bizarre and worrying”, a couple have been told they can keep a baby born in Nigeria even though test have revealed that they are not her biological parents.
According to a BBC report, Mr Justice Coleridge said they had fallen victim to “an appalling scam”.
The unnamed couple from London had become “desperate and distressed” after unsuccessful fertility treatment, and had flown to the west African nation for treatment at a private clinic.
When the woman later returned to the clinic some time later, she had, she told the court, been sedated and then handed a baby when she awoke.
However when the couple returned to London, their GP had voiced concerns about the girl and she was taken into and given a DNA test. The couple then launched legal proceedings in an attempt to regain custody of the child.
The local authority had earlier argued that the couple were willing participants in a “charade” but Mr Justice Coleridge rejected this argument, describing the couple as “people of the highest calibre and complete integrity”.
Photo of Lagos, Nigeria by Jrobin08 via Wikipedia under a Creative Commons licence
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