Nicola De Souza in abuse claims

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 16 April 2010
Emmerdale actress Nicola Wheeler

Emmerdale actress Nicola Wheeler

'Emmerdale's Nicola De Souza (Nicola Wheeler) gets arrested for child abuse after biting three-year-old Cathy Hope

'Emmerdale's Nicola De Souza gets arrested for child abuse.

The office assistant - played by Nicola Wheeler - is horrified when she is investigated by social services, who threaten to take her eight-month-old daughter Angelica into care.

The incident arises after Nicola sees Viv Hope's (Deena Payne) three-year-old daughter Cathy bite Angelica.

To teach the toddler a lesson, Nicola gently bites her back, but Viv sees and calls police, with the situation rapidly spiralling out of control.

A source told The Sun newspaper: "Nicola is furious with herself when she realises what she's done.

"That split-second decision could mean losing her daughter as Angelica could be taken into care.

"Angelica is her whole world. When it occurs to her that social services could get involved, she's horrified.

"It's a really tense time for Nicola - being labelled a child abuser is her worst nightmare."

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