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Pregnant Mum Faces Jail If She Does Not Force Her Five-Year-Old To See His Dad At Contact Centre

14/08/2014 16:50 | Updated 22 May 2015

Pregnant mum threatened with jail over son's access visits to dad

A seven months pregnant mum has been warned she could be jailed if she doesn't force her five-year-old son to see his father.

The woman, who can't be named for legal reasons, was told she could be found guilty of contempt of court if she did not make the little boy see his dad at a Glasgow contact centre.

The mum-of-two, 23, says that her son does not want to have contact with his father, who she describes as being a drug user with a history of violence.

"I was told that if he does not attend these meetings I will be held in contempt. I couldn't believe what I was hearing," she said. "I'm heavily pregnant and if I attempt to force or carry my son to attend, anything could happen."

The distraught mum told the Daily Record that her lawyer had warned her she could end up in prison and said she was 'utterly terrified' at the prospect.

She reportedly split from the boy's dad shortly after their son was born after a two year relationship.

A court ordered that the child was taken to a charity-run contact centre for two hours every two weeks to see his father for monitored visits.

On May 17th the little boy refused to get out the car and go into the centre.

"My son simply refuses to get out the car to attend the meeting," his mum said. "I am unable to lift him and drag him in so I don't really know what to do."

Staff at the centre observed that contact has only taken place for 'a few minutes on three of the four visits' with the child appearing 'very withdrawn'. They recommended that it was not in the boy's best interests for the arrangement to continue.

Glasgow Sheriff Margaret Liddell has now ordered a report by child psychologist Professor James Furnell, and ruled that the boy must attend the next access visit on Friday.

The professor will submit his psychological report to Glasgow Sheriff Court in September.

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