Hayley abandons her baby girl!
THE NEW MUM PANICS, LEAVING HER CHILD ON A DOORSTEP…
“Now the baby has arrived, Hayley is just in a daze…”
New mother Hayley returns to Albert Square with her baby daughter this week – and then makes a spurof-the-moment decision to give her tiny child away!
When the young mum arrives back home in a cab, she suddenly realises that she doesn’t even have the money to pay the driver. Fortunately, though, Carmel spots what’s happening and steps in to give the cabbie his fare. However, Hayley’s troubles are far from over, and she starts to go down a very dark path…
“Hayley has been frantic with worry about having this child for months, but now it’s finally arrived, she’s just in a daze,” reckons our Walford snoop. “She’s not thinking clearly, and she needs some proper help. Of course, Hayley is far too stubborn to accept it, and no one really understands the true extent of her depression.”
While the rest of her clan are out looking for her, Hayley returns to No 31 and collects some baby items from the house. Panicking, she heads over to the Ahmeds’ home, where she leaves the little girl on their doorstep, along with a hastily scribbled note asking the family to look after her!
She then runs off to find her own mother, Bev.
“The fact that Hayley has gone back to her mum is an indicator of the strange place she’s in right now,” reckons our mole. “She can’t stand Bev, but from her perspective, this still seems like a better option than looking after this unwanted child and facing all the questions about its father. Bev even covers for Hayley when the other Slaters come looking for her. So can the pair manage to heal the rift that exists between them?”
A little later, feeling guilty, Hayley returns to Albert Square, where she runs into Kat. Her relative wastes no time in scolding her for running away, and demands to know where the baby is. The two women soon get into a blazing row, which results in Hayley running back to Bev.
Meanwhile at the Ahmeds’, Mariam and Arshad notice something worrying about the baby, and they contact Hayley telling her to meet them at the hospital. Fortunately, the little’un turns out to be fine, but when a social worker turns up too, there are some worrying moments as she demands to know what’s really been going on. Mariam and Kat fight Hayley’s corner, and the young mother even gives a few signs that she might be bonding with her child. However, when Bev also turns up at the hospital, she insists that the baby comes home with her!
“Bev was a terrible parent to Hayley, so it’s worrying to see her taking charge here,” warns our snitch. “Despite Kat’s pleas to come back to the Square with her child, Hayley instead follows Bev home. Bev tries to encourage Hayley and even tries to use it as a reason to fix the mistakes of the past. But can Hayley genuinely trust her mum after everything that’s happened?”
Surprisingly, Bev is keen for Hayley’s baby to stay with her
Kat lays into Hayley for running away from her problems Hayley is struggling – but she has the support of Kat and the Ahmed family