A furore is brewing over the actions of Child Protective Services in California after CPS was filmed taking custody of a child whose parents claim they merely sought a second medical opinion.
Anna and Alex Nikolayev took their baby to Sutter Memorial Hospital in Sacramento because he had flu-like symptoms and was known to have a heart murmur. They became worried about his treatment when a nurse didn't know what drugs she was administering, and antibiotics were allegedly given against doctors' orders.
The doctors began talking about heart surgery, at which point the Nikolayevs decided they needed a second opinion.
Anna left and took her baby to Kaiser Permanente Hospital. As her lawyer admits, she didn't have a proper discharge when she took her baby from Sutter Memorial. Instead doctors there told her to stay. But at Kaiser Permanente doctors said that her baby could safely be discharged and did not need surgery.
The next day police and Child Protective Services came to the couple's home. Alex came out to meet them and was thrown to the ground, he says. Anna began filming (see video below).
Police can be seen on film entering the house with no warrant and telling Anna, "I'm going to grab your baby, and don't resist, and don't fight me okay?" CPS allegedly told Anna that they were taking the child because of "severe neglect."
The parents are dismayed by this, saying that they acted for the best. "We went from one hospital to another. We just wanted to be safe, that he is in good hands." The baby has been in CPS custody for two weeks, and was today transferred to Stanford Medical Center. A Sacramento county judge ruled that the parents must follow "all medical advice from now on, including not taking their child from Stanford without proper discharge," News10/KXTV reports.
Via the Blaze.