A MOTHER mistakenly accused of abusing her baby boy after doctors spotted bruises on his cheeks has revealed she broke down when the tot was taken from her.
Gina Hodgkins was shocked when social services were called after she had taken son Teddy to a routine health check – with the mum arrested hours later.
Speaking to This Morning, Gina recounted the devastating arrest, saying: "They told me to go home, and they said you'll have a police officer and social worker come around to see you.
"Five to seven people walked through my door and I got arrested there and then."
Sleeping Teddy and his older sister Amelia were taken into emergency foster care, while Gina's husband Joshua was also arrested on suspicion of Actual bodily harm.
Spending hours in police custody, the mum said: "I didn't know what to feel, I was crying the whole time in the cell."
It took months for the case to go through the courts, with Gina's mother realising that the reason for Teddy's bruising could have come from a rare genetic condition both he and Gina had recently been diagnosed with.
Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, or EDS, means that a person bruises easily, with one in 5,000 babies suffering from the condition.
Surrey County Council dropped the charges after a Harley Street doctor confirmed that both Teddy and Gina were likely to carry the EDS gene in October.
In January, Teddy was finally returned to his family.
Gina said that while she had received an apology from the judge involved in the case, social services had simply told her she could take the tot home.
"She said: "It was strange, but I was happy to have my baby back."
When questioned over social service's actions, she said: "I think 100 per cent they should do their job.
"I don't blame them for doing that.
"But there's a way to go about it, they're causing us grief, not just us."
In a statement, Surrey Police said: "We understand the significant impacts that these cases have on all those involved. Our priority is always to protect children and ensure their safety when alerted to potential risk.
"These decisions are not taken lightly and we work closely with children services to ensure the best outcome for the child."
A Surrey County Council spokesman said: "This case was based on medical evidence provided to us and examined by a family court, which decided it was right for the child to be removed from his parents, and also considered new information when it came to light."
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