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Distressed mum's bid to find troubled' teen

PUBLISHED: 08:59 19 February 2009 | UPDATED: 16:10 25 August 2010

WORRIED: Lidia Guaranda with her two sons Andrew, 11 and Connor Lawton, 6.

WORRIED: Lidia Guaranda with her two sons Andrew, 11 and Connor Lawton, 6.

A MOTHER has released a shocking photograph of her beloved daughter in hospital following a drinking binge in a last-ditch cry for help.

MISSING: Sonja Guaranda in

A MOTHER has released a shocking photograph of her beloved daughter in hospital following a drinking binge in a last-ditch cry for help.

Lidia Guaranda, 42, from Belvedere, first contacted Social Services about her 14-year-old daughter two years ago when her behaviour became erratic and violent.

But she was refused help and left to cope with her 'uncontrollable' daughter who has now gone missing for over a month.

Mrs Guaranda handed the picture of her daughter Sonja at Princess Royal University Hospital, Farnborough to the Times, taken two days before Bexley council refused to allocate a social worker for the family.

She said: "I hope no other mother will have to go through the pain of a missing child before they receive help. My child is in danger. She is still missing. I told social services everything she was doing and they still didn't take it seriously.

"I honestly believe that if I'd received help the first time I contacted them she wouldn't have gone so wild."

Sonja was rushed to hospital a year ago, aged just 13, after she was found drunk on vodka and incapacitated in The Glades, Bromley in the middle of the afternoon.

She first started misbehaving when the father of Mrs Guaranda's three children left five years ago.

When she started going off the rails last August, Mrs Guaranda called the council every week but a social worker has only visited the family once, in October last year.

She said: "I love her but I have to think about my sons' safety as well.

"I want to protect her but she keeps pushing me away."

She added: "She is really uncontrollable and she gets very violent.

"There is lots of pushing, kicking windows and doors and she tells me I can't do anything to stop her.

"She calls me stupid all the time and sometimes I believe her.

"As a child she was very good, as good as gold, very polite.

"I need help."

The troubled teenager has been missing from the family home since January 15. It is the sixth time she has run away. Police are now using her internet email account to try and track her down.

Only when the Times contacted Bexley council did she get allocated a social worker two days later but the teenager had already gone missing.

A spokesperson for Bexley council said: "Children's social care have been trying to help the mother with her family's difficulties and will continue to try and do so."

marina.soteriou@archant.co.uk

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