Report: 2-year-old removed, to be placed into adoption after home found filled with cigarette smoke

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LONDON — Healthcare and child protection workers took a 2-year-old boy away from his parents after health visitors became concerned that cigarette smoke in the boy’s home hurt his health, SKY News reports.

According to SKY News, a health care worker in Britain was called to the home after reports the boy’s health was deteriorating. Immediately upon entering the home, she noted the house was the smokiest she had visited in her 10-year career as a social worker.

Since the boy living in the home recently showed signs of breathing problems, British Judge Louise Pemberton decided the child should be put up for adoption following the report. It is unclear if the child has yet been adopted, or if this is a ruling  the parents can appeal.

Little information other than the judge’s notes were available.

“On entering the living room Ms Allen described being able to see a visible cloud of smoke surrounding the father and (the boy),” Pemberton said. “(The boy) was asleep on the sofa and had been unwell for some time at this point.”

The judge continued, SKY News reports.

“Ms Allen described the room as ‘so smoke entrenched that I had difficulty breathing.'”

It is unknown if this is the first such case of a child removed from a home because of cigarette smoke.

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6 comments

  • kelly

    Is more to it than that he was neglected had open wires over his toy box house was dirty and unsafe n had no food in and cocaine n other drugs were found tell the whole story

  • jimnjoy

    Most children raised in my generation lived in homes where one or both parent’s smoked. We usually smelled like cigarettes and had numerous sinus and respiratory problems. No one ever associated the health problems with the smoking. Now things are different. I don’t think the kid should be adopted, but if they refuse to stop smoking or at least smoke outside then he should be put into a relative’s home or foster care. Respiratory problems caused or exacerbated by cigarette smoke can be life-threatening.

  • corena barber

    no mention in the article of drugs in the home or an arrest for drugs, Cigarettes are not illegal, a cigarette is available through commercial trade. The article did not mention that the child had respiratory problems but had been ill. Toys get broken and dirty, that’s what happens when toys are played with, did not mention that the home had paper product to clean or tools to repair. However it did mention that the social worker stated entrenched with smoke,difficulty breathing, Is the social worker of frail she certainly has not the ability to breath in cigarette smoke ?

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