A Huddersfield mum is suing West Yorkshire Police - blaming them for her losing her son in a custody battle.
She claims a police report containing “false assertions” led to her losing custody of the boy and is now suing the Chief Constable of West Yorkshire for up to £200,000.
The woman says she was plunged into depression after having her son taken off her and handed to his father by a family judge last year.
The move followed an “acrimonious custody battle”, during which the mother had insisted her son was an abuse victim and needed to live with her for his own protection.
But the mum, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is now only allowed supervised contact with the youngster.
She claims that the family judge’s decision was critically influenced against her by a report put in by a senior West Yorkshire police officer.
She has now alleged in a High Court writ that the report was “biased” against her and “clearly not balanced or correct.”
Police have issued a statement and said: “We can confirm that a claim was made of defamation against West Yorkshire Police in relation to the contents of a report by a senior West Yorkshire Police officer.
“This claim was struck out by the High Court on May 18, 2016. The claimant has made an application to set that decision aside and a hearing is due to take place on July 5 to determine that application. For this reason it would be inappropriate for us to comment further at this time.”
In the writ, the mother states: “As a result of the defamatory report that seriously harmed my reputation, the judge concluded that I was a risk to my son.
“The children’s guardian also relied on the report and, as a result, concluded that I must have distorted thinking.”
She claims in the writ that the report contained “cherry picked” evidence, adding: “I am unsure exactly why my son and I have been treated in this appalling manner.”
Detailing the effect on her of losing her son, she goes on: “As a result of the defamatory, biased and factually incorrect report ...I have been caused serious emotional harm, resulting in my being prescribed a high dosage of anti-depressants and diazepam.
“The report has also caused me a poor quality of life, with me becoming a virtual recluse, venturing out only to see my son.
“The report has denied me my relationship with my son and my right to family life,” the writ concludes.
The mother is claiming between £150,000 and £200,000 in damages for alleged defamation from the force’s Chief Constable in relation to the report.