Child rushed into care at 2am when woman faked sex abuse allegations against dad

A toddler was taken away in the dead of night after a woman made up an allegation of sexual abuse.

Sarah Archibald, 40, has been jailed after wrongfully reporting the child’s dad to the NSPCC.

A court heard that, despite having no evidence, Archibald – who was from another family – made ‘despicable’ claims about the father, sparking an investigation.

The youngster was woken in the middle of the night, taken from home and put into care for three days while the allegations were looked into.

The child had to undergo an ‘invasive and unnecessary’ medical examination to look for signs of sexual abuse but ‘no evidence’ was found that anything had happened to them.

Archibald, from Washington, near Sunderland, used a different name to make the allegation using the charity’s online portal.

The dad said in court that what Archibald did was ‘despicable’, adding: ‘It destroyed my world’.

He said: ‘I was accused of sexual abuse, the evil, lowest thing that has ever happened to me. The thought sickens me to my stomach.’

The man said Archibald’s false allegation wasted the time of the NSPCC, who he said was an ‘amazing’ charity and could have been using its resources to help others.

The child’s mother said the toddler had continued to wake up at 2am after the incident – the same time they were taken away from home.

She added: ‘I believe it was the stressful situation of being woken up and taken by strangers in the middle of the night.’

Archibald admitted sending an electronic communication with intent to cause stress or anxiety and was jailed for 10 months.

Judge Stephen Earl told her: ‘It’s an horrific matter. It is the sort of allegation that causes exactly what did happen and potentially more, there was a risk of more than that, which makes this as horrendous as it is.

‘The catastrophic affect of anyone having their child removed when they have done nothing wrong must be absolutely horrendous.

‘This thing destroys families, that is the truth of the matter. This sort of allegation has the ability to ruin lives. I cannot, in all conscience, think of a worse allegation that can be made against a man, or potentially a woman. The effect has been so damaging.’

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