Sometimes the mind quite literally boggles when you read a news story like this. It's a tale from the family courts which, thankfully, are no longer allowed to progress in secret and can be reported.
A mother called Rachel is, quite rightly, taking her case to the European Court of Human Rights, after Nottingham City Court took her prematurely born baby into care and are now trying to get it adopted on the grounds that she was not clever enough to look after the child.
What is more mind boggling is that this all came about when the "official solicitor" (government funded) took over her case because she was judged to be intellectually incapable of instructing her own solicitor. Then, when the council applied to have the child adopted, he didn't bother contesting it even though she instructed him to do so.
Now you might be thinking that perhaps, just maybe, this Rachel really isn't suitable for motherhood because of some sort of learning difficulty. However, according to the report, she had a psychiatric assessment done and she has no learning difficulties and is within the normal range of intelligence for someone who is 24.
Yet, the while the court has now accepted that she's more than capable of instructing a solicitor the adoption process goes on and she has three more months before she will be ordered to never see her child again.
As I say, this sort of thing is just mind boggling. If its not a complete competence failure leading to a child's death by a Council, it's the other extreme of a destroying a family unit on pure conjecture about what might, possibly, maybe happen.