Mum steals daughter's boyfriend and child

Mum steals daughter's boyfriend and child
Published: 2015 May 24 11:01:03 (14532 Views)
A 25-year-old woman says she feels betrayed after her mother ran off with her boyfriend while she was pregnant with his child.

Heather Ford's mum Helen, 41, was having a relationship with Tom, 24, and neither was at the birth when she was aged 19.

Now, after six years Tom and Helen, who later got engaged, have won custody of Heather's six-year-old son.

Heather told the Sunday People: "That woman stole my man and now she's stolen my son.

"It's sick. It's as though she is trying to steal my whole life from me.

"Never in a million years did I think that my own mother would treat me like this.

"As a mum myself it goes against every instinct in my body to do anything that would hurt my child.

"It's also really sinister, like something out of a horror film.

"I've already lost the man I trusted enough to have a child with, and the one person who was supposed to look after me.

"Now they've taken my boy from me I don't know how I will go on."

The affair was also devastating for Heather's dad Barry, now 56, who had been happily married to Helen for 21 years.

It was an especially harsh blow as Barry had introduced Heather to Tom, his colleague at a pet food factory and he even tried to hang himself over it.

Tom's son was not Heather's first child. She'd had a baby when she was 15 after a failed teenage relationship.

As a young single mum she slowly got to know Tom, who was asked around for family meals.

At first Helen disapproved of Tom. She feared he was a bad boy involved in drink and drugs – but her attempts to thwart the budding romance were doomed.

Heather said: "When I got pregnant with his baby it was a happy accident. I yearned for the perfect family and to have a dad for both my children."

But as the pregnancy progressed Tom became distant and it was Helen who helped her daughter to prepare for the new arrival.

Heather said: "I wanted her to be my birthing partner because mother and child is a special bond and I thought it would be nice that all three generations were together."

Helen joined Heather for her scans and antenatal classes and made her feel relaxed, even though Tom seemed to be losing interest in their relationship.

"Then, as the pregnancy progressed, Mum started to act strangely, too.

"Tom and I were arguing more and more about the tiniest of things. It was as though he wanted to pick fights but Mum would always side with him."

Heather noticed Helen was going out more, wearing make-up and younger clothes and had lost a lot of weight on a diet.

"Alarm bells started ringing. I thought she might be having an affair but it never entered my head she was trying to impress Tom, because she is old enough to be his mum."

When Heather was eight months pregnant her parents separated and that is when she found out that her mother was seeing Tom.

Since the heartbreak Heather, from Great Driffield, East Yorkshire found love with a new partner and has had a third child.

But in October it emerged that Tom and Helen were seeking sole custody of his son.

Until then, Heather and Tom had shared custody.

She said social services told her Tom's name was on the birth certificate so had the right to bid for custody.

And just to add to Heather's anguish she was told she was not eligible for legal aid to pay for a solicitor because they work her partner is a full-time forklift driver and she cleans caravans at a holiday park.

But Helen and Tom's legal fees were to be covered by the Government because the pair are on benefits.

After a messy legal battle, Tom and Heather, who had denied an affair, faced one another across a court last week.

The judge ruled that the six-year old should stay with Tom and Helen because they have no other children to care for, they are at home and can be full time carers.

The fact that they had decorated a bedroom especially for the lad was also cited as a reason for the ruling.

Heather is allowed to see her son every other weekend and for half of school holidays.

She said: "I feel so let down and I know my son belongs with me because I wouldn't trust anyone with that devious pair.

"But I'm no lawyer. I didn't have one and they got theirs paid for. I didn't stand a chance.

"All I've ever tried to do it provide a loving family for my children.

"I have been betrayed at every turn but I will never give up that dream of getting him back."

"They've taken my boy and I don't know how to deal with it."

Source - Mirror


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