Editor’s note: This is my take on things and this story left my head hurting more than just a bit. I was sent a Natural News story of a SWAT team breaking down a door to take a child away from parents who refused to allow vaccinations.
The story had a link, if you could find it, and a ton of advertisements for exceedingly profitable items I personally would not buy at gunpoint.
Then I looked at the real story. The NN story was a total hoax. Nothing here was about vaccines at all but rather a parent who was hiding one kid with probable meningitis at home, possibly dying, and a 2 year old with same that the parents had decided not to allow treatment for but rather “disappear” between the doctor’s office and the Emergency Room where a team waited to put the child in quarantine and perform a spinal tap to finish diagnosis.
Anyway, I have been tripping over this same useless crap from the phony “anti-vaxx” community which is filled with snake oil peddlers, beggars, crowd funders, DVD sellers….
Health Editor’s Note: Here is an article written to distract from truth and reality. This article would have you believe that a two year old should have had the meningitis vaccine and because it had not had the vaccine, the child and its parents were being maltreated because of the anti-vaxx views of the parents.
What really happened: The doctor, after having the child brought in by the mother for a diagnosis of why it was ill, thought that the child could have meningitis. The meningitis vaccine is not given until the age of 11. This article states that the child’s physician suspected that the unvaccinated child could have meningitis which is highly contagious and can be deadly. In order to fully diagnose meningitis a spinal tap or sample of the spinal fluid would need to be obtained and examined. The doctor obviously felt that this procedure, on a very small child, was best done in a hospital setting. The mother agreed to take the child to the hospital for additional diagnostics that could not be performed in the office setting.
This article supports that the woman along with refusing medical care also had not had this child vaccinated with vaccines that would have been age appropriate. The mother may have done this out of ignorance. Did this mean to imply that everyone who does not vaccinate their child is ignorant? Probably not, but anyone who does not follow through with his or her part in getting his or her child essential medical diagnosis and treatment is negligent as a parent. This is what the subject of this article should be. Mom decided to not follow through with taking child to the hospital for definitive diagnosis and subsequent treatment. We can go a step further. Not only did this mother endanger her sick child, but also herself, her unborn baby, other children in the family, and any other human being who would have come in contact with the child.
While I in no way agree with SWAT knocking down the door, especially with children as witnesses, the parents could have simply not played doctor and taken their child to the hospital for diagnosis and treatment. To not take a potentially severely ill child to get treatment is a reason to believe the child was in imminent risk of harm which is a circumstance that allows for removal of a child from his or her parent. What is not mentioned is the potential harm to the other child and unborn child of this same family. The parents did not complete their part in seeking definitive treatment for this child that they though sick enough to go to the doctor for diagnosis, treatment, and help.
During all this time, between when the doctor realized that the child was not taken to the hospital and when the child was finally taken into custody by the caseworker, the home was called many times, a neighbor was spoken with and asked to contact the parents, knocks on the door were ignored, the father refused to let the caseworker in to see the child, etc.
A court order was granted for DCS to take custody of the child. The intent was to serve the order, check on the health and welfare of the child, but when the parents refused to respond to verbal requests to allow this, along with police saying that they had a court order and would force entry if needed, entry to the home had to be gained. When police did gain entry, they found a teenager who said she was also sick and had vomited in bed. The house was in rough shape….read the article written by Nanez. You will find the hyperlink in this article.
You will see that many subjects are mentioned in this article and the one written by Nanez, but what started all of this is parent (s) who decided to be diagnosticians for their sick child. Following through with agreed parental procedure following the appointment at the doctor’s office would have alleviated the need for any of the following issues and incidents. No one was going to be in trouble because the two year old had not received age appropriate vaccines. Reminder: A doctor thought there was a possible diagnosis of meningitis in a sick two year old and wanted the child taken to the hospital for definitive testing and diagnosis that obviously were more extensive than the office had to offer. Mother agreed to transport child to the hospital for additional treatment. She decided to not take the child when she diagnosed the child as no longer ill. She did not have medical knowledge to make the decision to not follow through with taking the child to the hospital. The child’s doctor took the child being ill very seriously. The larger concern here is why did the parent decide the child was not in need of additional diagnostics and possible treatment?…Carol
Mom ignores doctor after toddler’s fever breaks, SWAT team takes kids away
From Metro Voice News/Article written by Dianna M. Nanez/Arizona Republic
Chandler, Ariz., cops broke through the door of a family’s home in the middle of the night, stormed in, pointed their guns, handcuffed the father, and watched as the state’s Department of Child Safety took custody of the parents’ three kids — all because mom had decided her toddler’s fever was not serious enough to merit a trip to the hospital.
It was dinnertime on February 25 when the pregnant mother took her two-year-old to the doctor with a fever of over 100. The doctor told her to take him to the emergency room, fearing that because the boy was unvaccinated, perhaps he had meningitis — a life-threatening disease.
The doctor called the hospital to alert them. But by the time the mother and child left his office, the boy was “laughing and playing with his siblings,” according to this excellent piece by Dianna M. Nanez in The Arizona Republic. Mom took his temperature again, and it was almost normal. So instead of going to the emergency room, the family went home. The mom called the doctor to say her boy’s fever had broken and she wasn’t going to the emergency room. The doctor told her she should go anyway, so she agreed she would — but then she didn’t.
That’s when the madness began.
The hospital called the doctor to tell him the toddler hadn’t arrived. The doctor called DCS. And DCS requested the cops check on the family as a caseworker headed over.
And then, according to The Arizona Republic:
It was about 10:30 p.m. when two police officers knocked on the family’s door. The officers heard someone coughing.
Officer Tyler Cascio wrote in a police report that he knocked on the door several times but no one answered.
A neighbor approached the officers and police explained the situation. The woman said she knew her neighbor and that “she was a good mother.” At the request of officers, the neighbor called the mother and said police wanted to speak with her.
The DCS caseworker arrived and updated police on the toddler’s fever and the mother choosing not to take her child to the hospital. The officer called the family’s doctor, who repeated her recommendation that the mother take the child to the hospital. …
At about 11:30 p.m., the caseworker informed officers that DCS planned to obtain a “temporary custody notice” from a judge to remove the child for emergency medical aid.
Just after midnight the caseworker got that notice, which is required by law. Matters subsequently escalated:
Cascio wrote that officers consulted with the police criminal investigations bureau and SWAT.
“Based upon the court order, the intent of DCS to serve the order, and exigency to ensure the health and welfare of the child, the decision was made to force entry to the home if the parents refused to respond to verbal requests,” according to police records. Police knocked, saying they had a court order and would force entry if needed, according to police records.
And force they did:
It was after 1 a.m. when officers kicked down the family’s door. One officer carried a shield, while another was described as having “lethal coverage.” Officers pointing guns yelled, “Chandler Police Department,” and entered the house.
The rest of the story is equally nuts. The kids were all placed in separate foster homes. When the case got to juvenile court 10 days later, DCS requested it be closed to the public. The judge refused.
But then it seemed as if DCS decided to make everything harder for the parents, because now the press was interested, as was the Arizona DCS Oversight Group, a local organization that fights for families’ rights, and a state legislator, Rep. Kelly Townsend (R–Mesa), who had helped write the law requiring DCS to get a warrant before removing a child. Townsend has been lobbing zingers like, “What about the parents’ rights to decide what’s best for their child? Parents felt the child was fine. Next thing we know, the Gestapo is at their door.”
In court, DCS tried to convince the judge, Jennifer Green, to bar the press from covering the dispute. A lawyer for the agency even claimed that the parents had gone against the best interests of the children by involving the media. Green rejected this argument, saying, “In Arizona we like our courts to be open.”
However, the judge ultimately sided with DCS, ruling that the children’s removal was lawful and telling the parents “to remember that the state had them on a family-reunification plan and wants them to regain custody of their children.”
The children’s grandparents are undergoing a DCS review, and hope to be permitted to temporarily shelter the kids once that’s approved. But there’s no telling how long it will be before the kids can just go home to mom and dad.