Tragic two-month-old baby who lived in car with homeless parents dies

Friends of the family say the tot’s parents now “have nothing to live for” after they lost their baby son Donald so soon after his difficult birth

A two-month-old baby who lived in a car with his homeless parents has tragically died.

The baby boy, known only as Donald, was born prematurely two months ago and the cause of his death is unknown. Donald ended up sleeping in the car after his parents were evicted from a house they were renting and couldn’t afford the deposit for a new place.

Claire Matthews, who runs the Hope for Food soup kitchen in Bournemouth, worked closely with the family.

The baby boy, known only as Donald, was born prematurely two months ago and the cause of his death is unknown.  Donald ended up sleeping in the car after his parents were evicted from a house they were renting and couldn’t afford the deposit for a new place.

Claire Matthews, who runs the Hope for Food soup kitchen in Bournemouth, worked closely with the family. She said the family are “grief-stricken”. “They are in a very dark place at the moment, they have nothing to live for now,” she said.

Claire said Donald’s mum, known only as Jane, had moved to Dorset from Kent while still pregnant to escape the threat of domestic violence from an ex-partner.

Hope for Food has now offered to help pay for tragic Donald’s funeral.

It is believed his devastated parents are currently living in a bed and breakfast and have said in the past they have been let down by local councils unable to find them permanent housing.

Poole Borough Council confirmed they had been in contact with the couple and had offered advice and support. But officials said they were unable to help at at the time of their inquiry because they were based outside of the borough.

Claire said: “Because the mother was from Kent the local authorities wouldn’t help her, despite the father being from Bournemouth. “They were never after hand-outs – they just wanted support. After Donald’s birth they moved back to Kent because that’s what they were told they needed to do in order to get the help they needed. The authorities there put them up in a B&B but then they phoned to say Donald had died. We don’t know why at the moment, but there will be an inquest to find out.

“It is disgusting that something like this could happen in this day and age. If they had just had some help from the local authorities when they first asked then Donald would still be here.”

read more here: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/tragic-two-month-old-baby-6525391

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5 thoughts on “Tragic two-month-old baby who lived in car with homeless parents dies

  1. Pingback: Tragic two-month-old baby who lived in car with homeless parents dies | Benefit tales | Jay's Journal

  2. Reblogged this on Lindas Blog and commented:
    My deepest sympathy and love to the parents of Donald.
    What kind of a world is being created for us all!
    Shame on those in Power using Austerity along with their Neoliberal Agenda.

    Every life is of value, regardless of how much money they have, or how able they are to contribute to the wheels of capitalism.

    Sadly, this kind of ‘Neglect’ inflicted on ‘Our Vulnerable’ is becoming accepted as the Norm, and considered more like ‘collateral damage’ by our government, who appear to propagate the view that the vulnerable and the poor are a Drain and a Stain on Society – attempting to Project Their Shame on those they hold with Contempt in order to manipulate Consent for their Punitive and Demonising Agenda.

    Where is their Humanity?

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