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Shoplift rap for lesbian love-tug girl.

A teenage girl at the centre of a bitter custody battle with her lesbian mum has been arrested for shoplifting.

The girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was detained at a supermarket in the Borders.

The move comes as the 19-year-old is locked in a tug-of-love fight with her gay mum over her 15- month-old son.

Earlier this month a children's panel ruled the boy should be taken away from his gran .

It was agreed the tot should be handed over to foster parents with both women getting access rights until a full custody decision is made.

But before that could happen the boy's mum was charged with shoplifting from Presto's in Kelso.

She is believed to be in Corton Vale Prison, Stirling, awaiting a court appearance.

Yesterday, the boy's 39-year-old gran, a mother of three who left her common- law husband after 16 years to set up home with her partner in East Lothian, said:

"I have looked after my grandson virtually since he was born.

"I will fight all the way to convince people that he should stay with me for good."

The boy is still with his gran and her 29-year-old lover until an appeal against the children's panel decision is heard at Haddington Sheriff Court next month.
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Author:Notarangelo, Ray
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:May 31, 1996
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