MPs ask UK to look at controversial adoption case

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Latvian parliamentarians are to appeal to their British counterparts to intervene to help a Latvian mother regain custody of her daughter, who was taken into custody by UK social services in 2010, the BNS newswire reported Monday.

After hearing the mother, Laila Brice, speak to lawmakers they have prepared a letter to the British parliament requesting a review of the case as well as suggesting improved communication between the two countries on other cases in future.

The parliamentarians believe there have been several cases in which the UK authorities have not fulfilled obligations in mutual cooperation between member states stipulated by international treaties and EU legislation in custody cases involving underaged Latvian citizens.

In Brice's case, Latvian institutions had not been informed about the case at all between 2010 and 2014.

Lawmakers also call on the British parliament to do everything possible to rectify the breach of rights of Katrina Brice, Laila's underaged daughter.

Laila Brice and her two daughters reside in the UK. In 2010 social services collected the two-year old child from the family after a call from Brice's landlord said she had left the child unattended when she left for work before a babysitter had arrived.

Brice has been fighting to win her daughter back since then. The child has been put up for adoption.

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