Boy who weighed 132 pounds at age 5 will not re­turn to mother’s care: N.S. judge

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SYD­NEY — A Nova Scotia judge has ruled that a boy who was five years old and weighed 132 pounds when he was taken from his mother will not re­turn to her care, say­ing liv­ing with her is too haz­ardous to his health. Judge Robert Gre­gan says the child’s weight was a se­ri­ous health is­sue when he was taken into the care of Com­mu­nity Ser­vices in May 2015. A Nova Scotia Supreme Court de­ci­sion re­leased Mon­day says the boy gained about 18 pounds be­tween Oc­to­ber 2014 and May 2015, and in his view the mother was in de­nial about the se­ri­ous­ness of his health sit­u­a­tion. Gre­gan notes the boy’s pe­di­a­tri­cian said he was at risk of seriously harm­ing his liver and other or­gans.

He also says the mother was not ad­min­is­ter­ing the child’s ADHD med­i­ca­tions prop­erly, and would over-med­i­cate if she felt he was out of con­trol. Gre­gan or­dered that the boy, who is now seven years old and un­der 80 pounds, be placed in the per­ma­nent care of Com­mu­nity Ser­vices. The de­ci­sion says the boy’s fa­ther con­sented to Com­mu­nity Ser­vices’ cus­tody of the child with­out ac­cess to seeing him.

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