EXCLUSIVE: Met Police officer goes on run after assaulting child she once 'left alone in New Yor
A PREGNANT police officer went on the run to France after failing to turn up to three court hearings after she was charged with assaulting the son she previously allegedly left alone in a New York hotel room. Louise Fielden, 46, (pictured above with the new-born child) made world headlines in 2016 when she was at the centre of an international custody battle after being accused of leaving her then 14-month-old boy Samuel unattended in a room of the Chelsea Highline Hotel. She got the child, now five, back and continued a career with the Met Police. However, this, ended abruptly this month, after a Met Police professional misconduct panel dismissed her without notice in her absence for gross misconduct after she fled the UK as a fugitive to avoid the assault prosecution last year. Fielding had been charged with actual bodily harm against Samuel Fielding at their home in Wickford, Essex, last year.
NO SHOW: Louise Fielden failed to turn up to three court hearings in Basildon (Google)
She failed to turn up to Basildon Magistrates Court on three occasions. Last August, following the third no show, the court issued a warrant for her arrest which remains active. It is not clear if she took Samuel with her, but court records show she was pregnant at the time. Essex Police is still seeing to arrest the fugitive. A two-day hearing in London heard a series of misconduct allegations, including her fleeing from justice. A Met Police statement, following the hearing said: "A police constable has been dismissed without notice after gross misconduct was proven against her. "A misconduct hearing was held for PC Louise Fielden, based at Central East command unit, to answer allegations her conduct amounted to a breach of standards of professional behaviour in respect of discreditable conduct, authority, courtesy and respect, honesty and integrity, confidentiality and orders and instructions."
CHARGE: Samuel Fielden as a baby (Louise Fielden)
The panel heard the breaches related to five separate matters: During a period of time in 2014 she was in possession of two warrant cards. When required to hand one over, which had previously been reported as lost, she denied having it. Then, on October 6 2016 PC Fielden printed off confidential documents that she was not allowed to after carrying out a background check on a member of the public for no policing purpose and when challenged denied having them and refused to answer questions. On November 22 2017 she attended a meeting with line managers during which she "verbally abused officers even after being reminded she was subject to lawful orders." On April 4 2018 PC Fielden was issued with a harassment warning after making a "false crime report to another force." The hearing heard that she harassed a Met Police sergeant based in her station for a year and a half in relation to an incident involving his family before making a false crime report to Kent Police in September 2017.
INCIDENT: Fielden was said to have left the child in a room at this hotel (Google)
It added that on August 30 2018 "a bench warrant was issued for PC Fielden’s arrest after she failed to appear at Basildon Magistrates’ Court in relation to assault charges. "She failed to appear on two previous occasions before the warrant was issued and the hearing heard a lawful order was given by her supervisor for her to hand herself in but she failed to do so." The allegations said in that time she "moved to France." An Essex Police spokesman said: "She was summoned to appear at the court to answer charges of occasioning actual bodily harm following reports that a child had been assaulted."
"We can confirm there is an European Arrest Warrant for her arrest in relation to this offence and we will be looking to continue our case against her." Companies House records show Fielden still runs the limited company Fielden Estates Ltd, and she has been able to file paperwork for it from her bolthole as recently as February this year. Three other limited companies she was involved in with a businessman, that were set up in the year before she fled, including a care agency and one with the French name L'ecole Du Petite, were compulsory struck off by the regulator this year for failing to file accounts.
BRUISED: Fielden shows injuries she claimed were caused by arresting officers in the US (Louise Fielden)
In April 2015 Fielden, a single mother at the time, was arrested at the hotel and charged with endangering the welfare of a child and resisting arrest. It followed claims that she left baby Samuel alone in their room and then left him on the lobby floor while she went into a kitchen to make breakfast. The charges were dropped in January 2016, but her son remained in foster care in New York, after she returned to the UK. Fielden accused the US authorities of 'kidnapping' her baby and holding him 'hostage while petitioning for his return under the 1980 Hague Convention. She later got him back. In November 2017 Manhattan State Supreme Court Judge Justice Nancy Bannon allowed Miss Fielden's civil negligence claim for $50 million against New York City Administration for Childrens' Services to proceed. She claimed that that the service negligently placed her son with a foster mom who spent her birthday at a gay men’s club playing “porno bingo.” Justice Bannon rejected Miss Fielden’s false-arrest and malicious-prosecution claim. It is not clear what the outcome of the case was. Essex County Council social services said it was not involved in the case.