In what lawyers are describing as an "unprecedented" case, social workers in Essex, England, removed a baby from its mother before it was born. In August 2012, a High Court order ruled for an unnamed Italian woman, in Britain for work, to be sedated and undergo a caesarean section apparently without her knowledge or consent. The woman had been held at a psychiatric facility for five weeks after undergoing a panic attack, and is now requesting her 15-month-old daughter be returned to her, though she is set to be placed for adoption. Her lawyers are asking why relatives in Italy were not consulted when the case occurred.
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