69-Year-Old Mom’s Twins Taken Into Custody After A 5 Year Battle

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Mauricia Ibanez is a 69-year-old woman who has lost custody of the twins she gave birth to aged 64. Spain’s Supreme Court upheld an April 22, 2020 ruling to remove the children because she was incapable of looking after them’. The children were handed down by the Provincial Court of Burgos, which found that the twins weren’t being cared for in ‘optimal conditions’.

The ruling brings the four-year legal battle to an end.
Ibanez gave birth to the twins, Gabriel and Maria de la Cruz, in 2017, after she had fertility treatment in the US.

However, the court found that the twins were ‘in an obvious situation of vulnerability due to their mom’s inability to care for them properly, or cooperate with social services.

The decision was based on ‘evaluations of experts’, and not the woman’s age or mental health – according to the court.

As per the report issued by the Provincial Court of Burgos, ‘the mother’s personality traits significantly affected the affective and psychosocial development of the minors.’

Ibanez had previously signed an agreement with Spanish social services that she would hire an assistant to provide 24-hour care after it was concluded that she would need help with looking after the children and cleaning. However, the authorities decided that the children were at risk just 10 days after she returned home from the hospital following the births.

Ibanez has another child, who was placed in foster care in 2014 after it was declared that the mother was unfit to take care of her.
Her lawyer said that his client was ‘very distraught and traumatized’ after the 2017 decision, but even though she challenged the decision, her appeal was rejected by the local Family Court, and it was now upheld by the Supreme Court.

Source: Daily Mail