A reminder of why we actually have a legal system, judges and all:
The High Court judge said that “on the face of it” social services acted unlawfully in taking the baby away from the 18-year-old mother without obtaining a court order.
Mr Justice Mumby said that the officials involved in the Nottinghamshire case “should have known better”.
The child, who cannot be identified, was born healthy at around 2am yesterday and taken from his mother without her consent at 4am.
Local social services had shown hospital staff a “birth plan” detailing how the mother, who suffers from mental health problems, was not to be allowed contact with the child without supervision.
However Mr Justice Mumby said that no baby can be removed “as the result of a decision taken by officials in some room”.
The judge ordered that the baby be immediately returned to his mother, who can only be referred to as "G".
Yes, even officials, doing it "for the children", must obey the law.