Tyne & Wear

Newcastle-based refugee's child put in foster care

A woman who admitted child cruelty has been told by a UK family court judge she cannot take care of her daughter.

The ruling comes a decade after the woman, from Angola, settled near Newcastle following the birth of her daughter in a Zambian refugee camp.

The 37-year-old was earlier given a six-month suspended sentence after admitting hitting her daughter, now 12.

Judge Simon Wood has now ruled the girl should go into long-term foster care after social workers raised concerns.

'Emotional distress'

Her mother had lived in a province of Angola that had been devastated during the country's 27-year civil war that ended in 2002, Judge Wood heard.

A psychiatrist told him the woman was likely to have suffered "serious emotional distress".

The woman had "no idea" where her parents and sister might be, the court heard.

Judge Wood ruled her daughter could not be named, but told the court South Tyneside Council was the authority involved.

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