Breaking the chain

Heather Reid a sixteen year old girl is found collapsed in Howdon - she has run away from her home on West Percy road North Shields, because she is pregnant. She is taken to Willington Quay Maternity hospital where upon she gives birth to a baby Girl that she names Dawn because the dawn was breaking when she was giving birth. After complications set in Heather dies of Toxaemia and her father will not bring up a bastard child. Dawn is adopted by two university lecturers - follow her story as her real father seeks her out and a court battle ensues. this is a tragic story that will have you reading until the end.


18. 18

“Have you got an address that I can write to?’

“Yes; Jim read out the address from the betting slip then waited.’

“Don’t go around to the house Jim they will only get the law on you and even if you are the child’s real father they have legally adopted the child and the law is on their side;’ this as I said is a complicated matter it is going to be a long battle I can tell you that much.’

“Is this a case that we can win Richard straight up now; no bullshit?’

“As the child’s biological father you have rights; that is the angle I will be chasing in court. You were young at that time and couldn’t face up to looking after a child on your own.’

They may ask why didn’t your parents help you to look after the child but we can get around that don’t worry.’

“I will get a letter sent off tonight to the child’s adopted parents asking first for visitation rights then we will see how far they are prepared to go with this. Are you sure you want to proceed?’

“Yes.’ of course I want my daughter back, she is mine.’

Good that’s all I needed to know.’

“You will here from me soon Jim when I have news.’

Jim put down the phone and told Rosina what Richard had said.

“Does he think that you have a chance?’

“Yes; he says I am the child’s biological parent and that carries some weight.’

“Well I’m with you Jim, no matter what.’

“That’s good to know.’ well this house is big enough there is three bedrooms and an attic room as well that could be converted if she wanted her friends to stay over.’

“Don’t be in too great a hurry Jim this girl has lived with her adopted parents for six years you just cannot walk into her life and say hi I’m your father you’re coming with me.’ She would hate you for ever.’

“What you can do is tell her about her real mother; that is something that she would be interested in.’ Then see how she feels about spending a little time with you.’

Tell her you are not trying to take her away and that you only want what is best for her.’ “Let her make that choice herself.’

“What if the court will not let her stay with me?’

“We will meet that when the time comes; the courts are reasonable and after all it is for the greater benefit of the child we are talking about here.’

That’s true.’

Jim took a pair of scissors and cut the article out of the paper and stuck it into his scrapbook alongside a photo of Heather one she had given him that night when they had first met. It was only a booth photo but it showed that there was no mistaking who her mother was.’

“A chip off the old block said Rosina; looks like she is going to be musical like you.’

Old you say; I’m only twenty two I will have you know.’

“That beard makes you look older.’

“I thought you liked it?’

“I do but it would be nice to see what you look like clean shaven.’

Right then get me the scissors and you can help me cut this lump of squirrel’s tail off.’

I will trim the back too; you look like a hippy.’


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