EXCLUSIVE by Anatoly Kurmanaev
IT was a mistake that she almost lived to regret for the rest of her life.
But, Michelle Gabbott, 34, has been handed the perfect Christmas bundle of joy – her baby daughter Taeya – after a fraught two month legal battle with social services.
The reunion came after she realised she had made a huge error to give up her new-born child for adoption in October.
The mother-of-three, from La Cala, had actually signed the adoption papers just after labour. “But I quickly realised it was a mistake and I wanted her back,” she told the Olive Press.
“I just had no idea how hard it would be.”
The single mother had made the original decision after struggling to make ends meet with no partner. To make matters worse, the father of the new baby wanted nothing to do with his child.
“It just got to a point seven months into the pregnancy when I didn’t know what to do,” said the woman. “I got into a black hole and decided I had to put the baby up for adoption.”
However, it was during the weeks after the birth that she knew she had to reverse the adoption.
Initially given just one hour a week to visit her baby, she was also treated in, what she claims, was a hostile and aggressive way.
“I begged them to give me more time and cried my eyes out, but to no avail,” she explained.
It was at this point her lawyer Michael Coy stepped in to help.
“I think that social services were hostile because Michelle didn’t speak Spanish,” he explained.
But the social worker assigned to the task insisted she was simply doing her job. “Our job is to care for children whose parents can’t look after them properly,” she told the Olive Press.
Michelle is now taking Taeya back home to Manchester, where she has found a steady job. “I’m finally going home with my baby,” she said.
“It’s going to be a good Christmas.”
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