Scotland’s ‘Meadow case’ goes to court

    One of Scotland’s leading child abuse experts is to have his
    diagnosis of Munchausen’s syndrome by proxy challenged in court in
    what is seen as the Scottish equivalent of the Sir Roy Meadow
    case.

    The case involves Glasgow paediatrician Professor John Stephenson
    who gave evidence in care proceedings in 1994 against a woman
    accused of harming her child. The child was taken into care only
    briefly, but her solicitor believes new evidence will exonerate
    her.

    If successful, it could lead to the re-opening of dozens of cases
    where Stephenson’s evidence was a factor in decisions to take
    children into care.

    Judges decided last week there were grounds for the 1994 case to be
    looked at again. The hearing is due to start in April.

    Last year in England there was a review of cases in which medical
    experts strongly disagreed about the harm done by parents of
    children taken into care. It followed the December 2003 acquittal
    of Angela Cannings after Meadow’s evidence, which led to her
    conviction for killing her babies, was discredited.

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