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Social Workers Accused Parents of Bone Disease Baby of Child Abuse

Tuesday 16 August 2011

‘The team of social workers accused a mother of abusing her baby son, when in fact he was suffering from a rare bone disease.

Parents Paul Crummey and Amy Garland were horrified when doctors told them their baby son, Harrison, had eight fractures in his arms and legs just weeks after he was born. But they were devastated when social workers accused them of shaking their son by the legs and took him and their daughter Bethany, now five, into care. The terrified couple were arrested, and banned from seeing their two children without supervision.

It took 18 months for social workers and doctors to realise baby Harrison was suffering from a rare form of brittle bone disease meaning the slightest touch could snap his bones in two.’

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