The family court judge ruled that the child must be taken from the care of his disabled mother claiming her disability made it impossible for her to meet her disabled son’s needs by herself, and the level of local authority support she would need would be too extensive.
Judge Antony Hughes dismissed a suggestion of “social engineering”.
Detail of the case emerged in a ruling by the judge following a private family court hearing in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire.
The judge, who said the boy could not be identified, said Buckinghamshire County Council wanted to take the youngster into care.
He ruled in the local authority’s favour, approved a care plan and said the boy needed a “permanent substitute family”.
Experts estimate up to ten per cent get addicted.
The unnamed child was taken into care was from Walsall.
Another was taken in from Devon. In both cases the children were taken into care for having bad teeth.
“If a child is being neglected or unsafe then the authorities should set in but it is a fine balance.”
But Walsall Council said gaming was not the main factor the child was taken into care.
Ten more children were removed due to their parents’ heavy smoking habits, according to The Sun probe.
One was in Worcestershire, four in Southampton, three in Bradford and two in Lancashire.