Mrs Rabbit, the single mother left in charge of Peter Rabbit is to be investigated by Children's Services in Cumbria.
The Rabbit family shot to fame when their plight was dramatised by the author Beatrix Potter.
"Mrs Rabbit is struggling to bring up four children on her own," said Tony Hipankle. "On previous visits to their burrow we have generally had no concerns. However, of late we have decided that she may be excluding Peter in favour of Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton-tail, her other three children."
This exclusion has led Peter Rabbit into a path of delinquency. There are reports of the young rabbit stealing vegetables, and running naked through the fields of the Lake District.
"As of right now, there is no evidence that Peter Rabbit has done wrong, because he avoided detection during his carrot theft by hiding in a watering can," said Hipankle. "However, Potter's dramatisation of the family hints that problems may be seething under the surface."
Children's services believe that Mrs Rabbit is struggling to cope with bringing up four children, and if any of the allegations levelled against Peter Rabbit prove to be founded, then Children's Services will have no option but to take the young rabbit into care.
More seriously are the allegations that Peter Rabbit may be the rabbit involved in a recent shooting near Ulverstone.
"We heard reports that there was a rabbit that had to run, because a farmer came looking for him with his gun," said Hipankle. It may be a different Rabbit, though. We're investigating all possibilities at this moment in time."