Kirsty Clark: Mum investigated over child abuse after her baby sucked his own arm

Kirsty Clark: Mum investigated over child abuse after her baby sucked his own arm

A mum who took her five-day-old son to hospital after she found a mark on his arm has spoken of her shock when she was ‘treated like a child abuser’.

Kirsty Clark, 33, took baby Jackson to Lincoln County Hospital on Sunday, November 19 because she was worried a red mark on his right arm could be deadly meningitis or his blood was not clotting.

But to her surprise a doctor called social services and the police with Mrs Clark then subjected to questions by an emergency social worker in hospital.

Officials also prevented her husband Cane, 35, from collecting their seven-year-old son Kairen from his godparents.

Social workers then also interviewed Kairen, reports LincolnshireLive.

Mrs Clark, an administration assistant from North Hykeham, says she the authorities ‘made her stay’ in the hospital for two days until November 21 while medical staff put Jackson through X-rays and a CT scan.

But doctors later revealed the red mark was self inflicted by the baby, who had been suckling his own arm.

Outraged, Mrs Jackson said: “We were made to feel like child abusers.

“Jackson is a precious, little baby who means the world to us.

“He’s an IVF baby and we had police checks done on us in order to have IVF in the first place.

“I took him to the hospital because I wanted some medical advice and then I’m made to stay in a room for two days while they do all these tests and I’m interviewed by an emergency social worker.

“I understand that the system is there to protect children but in this case it seems to have gone completely the opposite way.”

Lincolnshire Police said following the ordeal that the outcome was “no requirement for further police involvement”, after confirming they received a call about the child’s safety from the hospital.

Mrs Jackson said docs even saw baby Jackson sucking his arm, but did not believe it was the cause of the rash.

“Despite [a] second opinion saying that it was the baby suckling his own arm, he still had to have the X-rays and tests,” she said.

The head of midwifery and nursing for women and children’s services at United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust, Sue Bennion, said: “We would welcome the opportunity to discuss and investigate the concerns raised by Jackson’s family and would encourage them to get in touch with ourselves, to enable this to take place.”

A social services spokesman said: “If a suspected case of abuse is reported to social services, we have a statutory duty to make enquiries into such allegations.

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