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      Innocent: Part 3 of 3: The True Story of Siblings Struggling to Survive
Cathy Glass

Innocent can either be read as a full-length eBook or in 3 serialised eBook-only parts. This is PART 3 of 3 Innocent is the shocking true story of little Molly and Kit, siblings, aged 3 years and 18 months, who are brought into care as an emergency after suffering non-accidental injuries. Aneta and Filip, the children’s parents, are distraught when their children are taken into care. Aneta maintains she is innocent of harming them, while Filip appears bewildered and out of his depth. It’s true the family has never come to the attention of the social services before and little Kit and Molly appear to have been well looked after, but Kit has a broken arm and bruises on his face. Could it be they were a result of a genuine accident as Aneta is claiming? Both children become sick with a mysterious illness while, experienced foster carer, Cathy, is looking after them. Very worried, she asks for more hospital tests to be done. They’ve already had a lot. When Cathy’s daughter, Lucy, becomes ill too she believes she has found the cause of Kit and Molly’s illness and the parents aren’t to blame.  However, nothing could be further from the truth and what comes to light is far more sinister and shocking.

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Certain details in this story, including names, places and dates, have been changed to protect the family’s privacy.

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Source ISBN: 9780008341985

Ebook Edition © September 2019 ISBN: 9780008353735

Version: 2019-06-03

Contents

1  Cover (#uea37febd-a505-5427-8345-c2b0b981e577)

2  Title Page

3  Copyright

4  Contents (#u15af0a34-c76a-5e15-9c24-91c0bb171459)

5  Chapter Twenty: Beyond Belief

6 Chapter Twenty-One: No Contact

7 Chapter Twenty-Two: Love the Children

8  Chapter Twenty-Three: Disclosure

9  Chapter Twenty-Four: The Wonder of Christmas

10  Chapter Twenty-Five: Aneta

11  Chapter Twenty-Six: Permanent?

12  Chapter Twenty-Seven: Judge’s Decision

13  Chapter Twenty-Eight: Saying Goodbye

14  Afterword

15  Suggested topics for reading-group discussion

16  Cathy Glass

17  If you loved this book …

18  Moving Memoirs eNewsletter (#litres_trial_promo)

19  Praise for Cathy Glass

20  About the Publisher

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Chapter Twenty

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It took a moment for what Tess had told me to sink in. ‘Aneta has been making her children sick?’ I said numbly. ‘But how? They’ve been ill here too.’

‘That’s one of the reasons we didn’t make the connection. When Filip came to see me, he brought in a bottle of fluid that we’ve now had tested. It contained linctus, which induces vomiting.’

‘What?’ I gasped again, in utter disbelief. ‘What sort of linctus?’ I’d never heard of anything like that.

‘It’s usually used for medicinal purposes to make someone sick if they’ve ingested a poison. It appears that Aneta was using it regularly to make her children sick. She was able to buy it on the Internet.’

‘But they were sick here too. How did it get into my home?’ I asked, struggling to understand.

‘It was in the drink Molly and Kit brought home from contact, including the pineapple juice we took from the Family Centre to be tested.’

‘Oh.’ My head spun.

‘The police have been informed and will be interviewing the parents later today.’

‘Both parents?’

‘Yes. Although, from what we know, it’s likely Aneta was solely responsible. But that’s for the police to decide. In the meantime I’m suspending contact from today. I’ve informed the parents and the Family Centre. Can you tell the children, please?’

‘Yes, but what shall I say?’

‘Blame it on me,’ Tess said decisively. ‘Say I have made the decision to suspend contact for now. I’ll leave the exact wording to you. But don’t tell them one or both of their parents has been making them sick.’
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