There are elements that are common almost to the point of being universal in cases involving children taken from their families by Child Protective Services, including false allegations, lying by social workers, falsified medical records, failure of social workers to follow their own policies, laws broken by CPS, and the failure to consider evidence that refutes CPS allegations. However, there is one thing that remains rare in CPS cases - that is, for anyone within the system to be held accountable. Repercussions for social workers, the CPS agency, or doctors involved in taking children from innocent parents are very rare. On Thursday, November 8, 2018, a judge in Houston, Texas, called CPS on the carpet, issuing what the Houston Chronicle says: "...may be the largest-ever sanctions against Child Protective Services, forcing the state to come up with new training for its workers and pay more than $127,000 for wrongfully removing a couple’s children and allegedly lying to the court about it." This follows a decision that Judge Mike Schneider issued last month involving parents Melissa and Dillon Bright, the same family whose children were medically kidnapped by CPS and Texas Children's Hospital. Now, attorneys for parents Melissa and Dillon Bright are calling for the firing of the CPS workers involved and asking for prosecutors to investigate and consider criminal charges.
Local Media in Peoria Illinois Exposes Medical Kidnapping of Young Child Due to Child Abuse Specialist
A recent 2-part Special Report by 25 News in Peoria, Illinois, examines the issue of innocent parents, who are falsely accused by doctors, whose children are medically kidnapped. Reporter Caitlin Knute says that one local hospital, OSF St. Francis, sees about 20 cases a month of child abuse, which also includes "neglect" cases as well. Reporter Tyler Lopez asks the question that Health Impact News has been asking even before our Medical Kidnap division was established in 2014: "But what if some of those abuse cases were misdiagnosed or the result of a medical condition?" When that happens, there is often no liberty or justice for these families. The 25 News report starts with the story of Baby Chandler, a story that follows the template of dozens of other stories that we have covered here at Health Impact News involving a child with broken bones who actually had a medical condition causing his bone fragility. Dr. Channing Petrak, Child Abuse Pediatrician, accused the parents of abuse, and he was taken from his mother by Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).
Arizona’s Double Standards: Requirements Higher for Biological Parents to Keep Their Children at Home than for Foster Parents to Take Other People’s Children into Their Home
Arizona and other states have much stricter policies in place for children to stay with their families in their own homes, than standards placed on foster parents to receive children that are not their own into their homes. It would seem logical that the stricter standard would be placed upon those that taxpayers pay to care for children taken from their families, while some grace would be extended to biological families. After all, simply being removed from their homes, no matter the family condition, is in itself traumatic to children. Children have the innate biological, psychological, emotional, social, and spiritual need for their own families that doesn't go away when they are placed with other people. Even the kindness of a stranger is not as welcome to a child as the love of their own mother, father, and grandparents. Yet the opposite is true. The looser standard lies with those homes the children are placed into. Perhaps no story we have covered in the last 4 years illustrates this more clearly than the case of Devani in Arizona, a child taken from her family at the age of 2. Her mother was never charged with abuse, but the state put her into a foster home where she was raped as part of a pedophile pornographic ring. After her foster parent was arrested, she still did not go home, but was placed into a home where she was scalded so badly by hot water that all of her toes were amputated.
A hallmark of a free people is the ability to think for ourselves, which includes the right to question, to seek out truth, and to hold opinions that are different from those of someone else. If, however, the person that parents question is a doctor, the cherished American value of this basic liberty may be squashed by a simple phone call to Child Protective Services, after which custody of the child is seized by the state. Medical kidnapping has become the go-to punishment for those parents who dare to question their children's doctors. With ancient religious fervor, medical "heretics" are seeing their families ripped apart. At a recent rally for families in front of Phoenix Children's Hospital, a former nurse spoke out about the abuses that she has seen at the hospital. She told the group: "I am in this field. I didn't go into healthcare to steal children!" Yet, that is the scenario that is being played out in Children's Hospitals every single day, all across America.
The Arizona woman accused of scalding her adoptive child causing third degree burns to 80% of her body resulting in the amputation of all 10 toes has been found guilty of 2 of the 3 charges brought against her. Samantha Osteraas of Tucson, Arizona, faces between 10 and 24 years in prison for hurting Devani, the little girl that the Arizona Department of Child Services placed into her care after removing her from a foster home where she was being abused in a pedophilia pornography ring. A Pima County jury of 9 women and 3 men deliberated for 8 hours before reaching their verdict on Friday afternoon, October 19, 2018. According to News 4 Tucson, Osteraas: "...was found not guilty for the first count of child abuse. However, the jury did find her guilty for the lesser charge of reckless child abuse. For the second child abuse count, she was found guilty." One of the court watchers who was present for the emotional trial said that the jury decided that she was not guilty of "negligent child abuse," which was the first count of abuse. They stopped short of saying that she burned Devani intentionally. They did, however, find that Samantha Osteraas was guilty of delaying treatment after the burns occurred.
Arizona Parents Falsely Accused of Child Abuse Lose Infant Son – Have 2-Day-Old Newborn Also Medically Kidnapped
Paxton Meissinger came into the world on Tuesday, October 16, 2018, weighing all of 7 pounds and 2 ounces. Like every newborn baby, he wanted and expected only one thing - the presence of his mommy. To an infant, the most important thing in the world is be surrounded by the love and warmth of the person whose heartbeat he has heard for as long as he had the ability to hear. In her arms, every need he has is met, from her milk and the nutrition and antibodies it provides to the reassurance of her warmth and love. The foundation for basic trust is laid as he hears the voices of both father and mother, and they respond to his communication. The first few weeks and months of life have been likened to a "fourth trimester," where baby humans are designed to remain still a unit with their mothers. However, for Baby Paxton, these basic human needs are no longer being met, thanks to the Arizona Department of Children's Services (DCS). When he was only 48 hours old, social workers took him away from his parents, Briana and Jordan Meissinger, claiming that this is "necessary to protect the child from suffering abuse or neglect." This is because Baby Paxton's brother was also taken away from his parents. He was sick after receiving multiple vaccines at age 2 months old, and a Child Abuse Specialist at Phoenix Children's Hospital accused the parents of abuse. The case is still being fought in court where other doctors disagree with the Child Abuse Specialist, but the fact that charges exist was enough for Arizona DCS to take newborn Baby Paxton away from his parents.
Trial Begins for Little Arizona Girl Placed with Pedophiles in Foster Care and Burned by Adoptive Mom
A woman who was approved by the State of Arizona to adopt a child out of the foster care system is on trial for child abuse. Samantha Osteraas faces 2 counts of child abuse for scalding a little girl entrusted to her care, causing 3rd degree burns to almost 80% of her body, causing all 10 of her toes to be amputated, and nearly costing the child's life. During the trial, which is expected to end this week, 7-year-old Devani took the stand and told a jury that Osteraas held her down in the bathtub with a pink towel, according to the Arizona Daily Star. She is only 7 years old, but the beautiful child known to family advocates as "the little girl in the blue dress" has been through more abuse than most of us can imagine. Devani was taken at the age of 2 from her parents by Arizona's Child "Protective" Services - the Department of Child Services (DCS), but she was never abused in her parents' home. Her horrors began after she was in the custody of the State of Arizona. Before she was adopted by Samantha and Justin Osteraas, she was placed by DCS into a foster home with a man who is now serving prison time for running a pornographic and pedophile ring out of his home.
In Unprecedented Move Texas Judge Orders CPS to Have No Contact with 2 Children Removed without Warrant – Social Worker Pleads 5th in Court
Though much of the public may still believe that Child Protective Services must have a good reason whenever they take children away from their parents, the curtain is increasingly being pulled back to expose the ugly truth behind the facade. Children are seized from their families many times over false allegations and lies. Deception within social services is the norm, not the exception. One judge has had enough. FOX 26 Houston reports that Texas judge Mike Schneider did something on Monday that has never happened in all of the state's history - he ordered that CPS have no contact with 2 children they took from their parents. According to family law attorney Dennis Slate: "The affidavit they used to remove was full of mis-truths, and half truths, and outright lies." Investigative Reporter Randy Wallace reports that Judge Schneider asked the social worker in court why he filed the emergency motion to take the 5-month-old baby boy and 2-year-old daughter of Michael and Melissa Bright. Despite the fact that the social worker had sworn an affidavit in order to take the children from their parents at Texas Children's Hospital, he pleaded the fifth amendment in court. CPS faces a sanctions hearing later this month where they could be fined tens of thousands of dollars.
Former Kansas Gubernatorial Candidate Becomes Warrior Fighting Against State-Sponsored Child Kidnapping
Jennifer Winn ran for governor of the state of Kansas in 2014. Near the end of her gubernatorial campaign, a mother reached out to her and said that she needed to talk with her. She told Jennifer Winn that the state was taking children from families. Frankly, she sounded crazy to Jennifer, like a "conspiracy theorist." The woman didn't stop trying to talk to her. She persisted, blowing up her phone daily. It became clear that "she's not going to let up," so Jennifer agreed to have the woman come to her office. She was not prepared for what she heard. The mother brought in a detailed timeline of what had happened to her family, complete with transcripts and evidence to back up her side of the story. Jennifer carried the papers home with her that night and stayed up most of the night reading the woman's story. Based on a social worker's false allegations, the mother's children had been taken and placed into foster care. As Jennifer got deeper into the story she says: "I could not believe what I was reading. I was like Terri [LaPoint, who originally believed] 'Oh, this is just an isolated case.' I am going to expose this, and we're going to fix it, and we're going to get your kids. She came in. We did a video that day. I released that video, and in 24 hours, I had over 500 requests. In a week later, I had over 1,500 requests, and I was floored. I literally, like, for 2 days, I shut down and I cried, because I couldn't believe the stories I was reading. Everything about this agency that I believed was true was a lie. Everything. Children are being harmed. Not only are they being harmed, they're being drugged." A warrior had awakened. The truth of what Jennifer Winn was seeing caused something to rise up within her, and she has not been the same since. She recently spoke to a crowd gathered in Washington D.C. to protest the abuses of state-sponsored kidnappings.