By J.S. von Dacre
Investigative Journalist of the International Criminal Court against Child Kidnapping
It might sound like a vivid scene that leaps straight out of a Liam Nielsen movie, but the harsh reality of medical kidnapping is something even more grisly than any Hollywood action script.
People, who live the United States, face the daunting prospects of having any of their children under the age of 18, taken away due to an undeserved medical bureaucracy. A coalition of inept doctors, social workers, law enforcement agents and Children’s Protective Services, sees many good and law-abiding parents lose their children on a mere whim.
Taking a child into the local emergency room for an ailment can descend into a hellish nightmare–not because of an alarming prognosis, but because the parent may face allegations of abusing or neglecting their child. In no time, a swat team of enforcers will descend to interrogate and potentially, take the child away by force. This is something that has run as a putrid undercurrent in the system for decades.
The medical practitioner, who evaluates the child, is in a position to make a biased opinion based on unfounded evidence. Parents of a child who has a difficult diagnosis or rare illness are prime targets.
Justina Pelletier drew nationwide media attention in 2012 when the then 14-year-old was taken away from her parents after being taken to the Boston’s Tufts Medical Center for mitochondrial disease–a metabolic disorder, which she was known to have suffered from. Upon arriving, instead of sending her to her gastroenterologist, staff diagnosed her with somatoform disorder–a psychiatric disease. The authorities swiftly became involved and Justine was removed from her parents.
Justine’s usual painkillers were taken away, which saw her condition rapidly decline to the point where she was unable to walk or speak. She also reported experiencing abuse to the Rolling Stones. She claimed that she was left in hallways and in bathrooms for hours at a time. When forced to walk, she would fall at times “and they would laugh at me.”. Her toenails were ripped out, she alleged in a lawsuit, when they pulled her in a wheelchair and her feet dragged on the floor.
After her parents went public with their ordeal, their visitation rights to see their daughter were affected. She was finally released in 2014, after a lengthy and arduous battle with the state.
Another common theme involves the judges in family court who, frequently approve of the CPS’s decision to remove the child. Furthermore, CPS officials can legally enter a household with no court order or warrant, if a doctor has made a complaint.
In a controversial video, Judge Mark Brian from the Arizona Judicial Branch government made an admission about the motivation behind making these decisions: federal funding.
“If you are removing a child in a Contrary to Welfare finding, that order is mandatory. If you don’t make that finding whenever you remove the child from placement, you’re forfeiting federal funds,” said Judge Brain.
Any child who is taken into custody will be legible to have their medical insurance covered by Medicaid–a company that earns hundreds of millions on healthcare bills across the country every year. And a child with specific medical needs are of “higher value” and thus, the state will receive the highest amount of federal dollars for such children.
And what happens if it was discovered that the child was wrongly taken away and that his or her parents did, in fact, pose no threat? Judge Brian claimed that it was not the responsibility of family courts to make such decisions.
To learn more about the crime of parental child kidnapping and the help available to “left behind” parents, please contact the International Criminal Court against Child Kidnapping.
Summary: medical kidnapping
The victims of child & Human rights violation, if not getting timely and suitable justice in the court of law in their countries, can appeal to the INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT AGAINST CHILD KIDNAPPING.
This post was originally published by INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT AGAINST CHILD KIDNAPPING and is republished here with permission from the author.
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