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6-month-old baby deported after mum refuses to look after him

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He was born in the UK but was sent back to Slovakia, his native country, after his mother refused to raise him.

Benjamin, who is just six months old, was born to an unmarried Slovakian in Liverpool, England.

But he was left without a country when his mother decided that she didn't want him.

(Without parents to look after him, Benjamin was left in the care of social workers) PHOTO: TWITTER / DAILY EXPRESS

The father is believed to be Slovakian.

According to a rule established in 2006, babies born to parents from the European Economic Area will only be granted British citizenship if at least one parent has lived in the UK for five consecutive years before birth.

MailOnline reported that Sir James Munby, the most senior family law judge, said foreign authorities should always have a say in cases involving their nationals — and the future of children from troubled families who live mainly in other European countries must be decided by their own courts

This meant that Benjamin could not stay in the UK and had to be sent back.

A couple of British social workers accompanied him on the two hour 40 minute flight.

It was an agonising flight for the teething baby.

"His teeth are growing so he was crying [on the plane] but he is all right," said one of the social workers who tried her best to make him feel better.

Benjamin was handed over to Slovakian social workers upon arrival in Bratislava.

He will be with a surrogate family until he is adopted.

A Slovakian social worker told Daily Express: "I hope that his life here will be good. He will grow up in his homeland and he will learn his own culture."


Sources: MailOnline, Daily Express, Metro UK