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Summarized by Kent Larsen

Disabled Mormon Mom Fights For Kid
Canadian Press 6Jun00 D2

TORONTO, CANADA -- A Mormon family in Canada are taking Ottawa Children's Aid to court to regain custody of their newborn son, according to reports on CTV News Monday. Children's Aid took the five-day-old child from his mother while she was still in the hospital claiming that the mother wasn't capable of caring for the child.

The mother, who has cerebral palsy, uses a wheelchair and has little use of her hands. "They basically fear that I'll drop him or hurt him in some way and that's not true," the mother told CTV. "I did a lot of the care on my own."

In addition, the father is supportive, saying he can do most of the physical work and friends in their Mormon Church say they will help also.

The couple have been trying to have a child for some time, suffering four miscarriages before their son was born. "Basically it's painful losing another one," said the father. "We've been trying so hard."

Officials for Ottawa Children's Aid refused to comment on the case.


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