Mum-to-be fled to Spain to stop authorities taking away her newborn baby
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A young mum-to-be fled to Spain to stop social services taking her newborn baby away from her.

When she was heavily pregnant, Megan Coote was told she would make an "unfit mother" because she had dyslexia, learning difficulties and problems showing her emotions.

But rather than risk social workers taking her baby away, the 24-year-old drove to Alicante with her mother a week before she was due to give birth.

Baby Olivia, now two, was born in February 2010 but Megan and her parents stayed abroad, spending £12,000 over three months while they fought to keep the baby

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Parental responsibility was granted to Megan's mum and dad in January 2011 but now the family are demanding an apology from Suffolk local authority that put them through so much stress.

"I was devastated when they said I was not a fit mother. I was terrified I would lose Olivia," said Megan, from Kesgrave, Suffolk.

"Going to Spain away from the rest of our family was horrible but we had to do it so we could keep Olivia.

"They do not take babies away from murderers but they try to take them away from mothers who can cope.

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"It is hard for any woman being a first time mother but I always knew I could do it.

"Now Olivia is home she is the happiest little girl. She is very advanced, she is a bright girl."

Suffolk county council refused to apologise but said: "We're delighted that everything has continued to go well for them."

Surely there must be more children genuinely 'at risk' than one born to a loving mother who has the support of her parents? What do you think?