Runaway mother ‘gave children sedatives’

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A 40 year-old mother who vanished with her two children during court proceedings gave them sedatives, a Judge has explained.

Samantha Baldwin had accused the father of sexually abusing their sons, a claim he vehemently denied. Contact was stopped, however, as a matter of routine while the claims were investigated. In February of this year, a 12 day fact-finding hearing at a family court formally exonerated the father.

Then on March 27, while Judge Jeremy Lea delivered his verdict, the mother suddenly left the court and disappeared with the two boys, aged six and nine. They were not found until 6 April, staying a holiday cabin near Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire.

Her disappearance generated “ill-informed speculation” a nd Judge Lea has now issued a statement explaining the circumstances via Nottingham Magistrates Court. He explained that:

“In my judgement I found that the father had not perpetrated sexual, physical or emotional abuse against the boys as alleged by the mother, or at all, that the allegations made by the mother were false.”

The mother had “genuinely” believed the claims he continued, but she was irrational and the evidence “unreliable”.

In trying to demonstrate her belief to the court, Judge Lea explained, Baldwin had given them “substances that would give rise to a positive testing for benzodiazepine products and zolpidem”.

Benzodiazepine and zolpidem are pharmaceutical sedatives.

To assist Police enquries during the ten day search the Judge authorised the release of the family’s names.

Following the Judge’s ruling, the boys’ father said:

“My reputation and that of my family and friends has been wrongly and unfairly tarnished with the most distressing and false allegations. The effect of this on [my sons] however, has been much greater.”

Samantha Baldwin was arrested on suspicion of abduction, the BBC reports, but has since been released on bail. Her sons are currently living with foster carers on a temporary basis.

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Stowe Family Law Web Team

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6 comments

Ian bates - April 11, 2017 at 2:58pm

It is all too easy for a woman to make vexatious allegations against their husband, under the family law system and then even retract those allegations within the system, but by then huge damage is done to the children , the innocent husband and there is often parental alienation being exerted all the time to . It’s about time those that make such horrendous allegations are brought before the criminal courts . Family court allows anyone to virtually say anything and get away with it . Need shouldn’t trump all , the truth should trump all

Paul - April 11, 2017 at 3:29pm

Crystal clear example of ‘Parental Alienation’ taking place. A phenomonon still not achnowledged by law in the UK.
Im in court on Thursday to oppose the Alienation of my own children.
I received the rediculous section 7 report back from CAFCAS yesterday. IT clearly shows parental alienation has taken place. But still says ‘contact with the father is not recomended. Even though the reasons given why my children dont want to see me are rediculous/nonsensicle.
Our courts are not nieve. They know alienation takes place. They just will not face the financial reality of giving those hundreds of alienated children the psycological help they need. We just dont have the experteze.
Also if they acknowledge the Alienation takes place they have to put measures im place to identify it. No easy task. And if mistakes are made the courts become libel for making misakes.
This is why the UK courts will not accept the reality of Parental Alienation.

Brian - April 20, 2017 at 9:37pm

WHY ISN’T THIS INFORMATION ON THE BBC NEWS? WHY ISN’T THIS TRUTH BROADCAST HOURLY FOR 2 DAYS? ONLY THE SYMPATHY GENERATING ABDUCTION GETS REPORTED AND ALWAYS WITH DOPEY IDIOTS MAKING POSTS THAT ENCOURAGE IT! WHY ARE MARILYN STOWE SOLICITORS NOT ON THE TV EXPLAINING THE LAW WHY MUMS TAKING A CHILD IS WRONG, COME ON HAVE SOME SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY INSTEAD OF JUST A COMPANY BLOG. UP THE PROFILE – DADS CANT DO IT, WE GET IGNORED. IT’S NOT LIKE THE NAMES AREN’T KNOWN AT THAT POINT. WE KNOW THE CHILDREN NEED IDENTITIES PROTECTING THE STORY IS TO CHANGE SOCIAL PERCEPTION OF WHAT IS WRONG!!!! EVERY TIME A MUM ABDUCTS CHILDREN THE PUBLIC NEED EDUCATING BETWEEN GOD GIVEN WOMB RIGHTS AND THE LAW! COPPERS STAND IN FRONT OF CAMERA’S AND ELICIT EMPATHY FOR THE MOTHERS ACTIONS…I KNOW WHY, TO COAX MUM INTO COMING OUT OF HIDING – IT’S A MINDGAME. I HATE SAYING IT IT’S DONE FOR THE CHILD TO RECOVER THE CHILD ASAP WHICH IS RIGHT, BUT THE NEXT PERSON HAS JUST GOT THEIR IDEA FOR THE NEXT UNFORTUNATE CHILD BECAUSE IT ALL GOES QUIET.

Paul - April 21, 2017 at 10:06am

What is really crazy is when you search for Alienation on the web. Most of the examples that get displayed
(Including by the BBC) are of cases where the Man is the alienator. Lol this is clearly a 99%f vs 1%m problem lol for everyone man doing it there is probably 100 females because of our old fassioned ideals it is just easier for women to alienate. Yet its still some how useful to say ‘Men can be evil too’ lol

Brian - April 22, 2017 at 6:16pm

You say the name in an article on the same site where you take the same name out of a comment I make. You can’t make it up!

Brian - April 22, 2017 at 6:18pm

the bogeyman is a bloke – not a woman in trousers!

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