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CPS seizes family's 19-month-old son because doctors failed to diagnose his developmental delay

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(NaturalNews) It isn't just the federal government that has become more tyrannical and authoritarian towards the people; state governments and state agencies are increasingly becoming just as much an enemy of the people in many respects as Uncle Sam is.

This is especially true when it comes to state child "protection" agencies, many of which are used by local authorities to punish citizens who refuse to "fit into the mold" of the "ideal society" or who otherwise cherish personal freedom and liberty more than anything else.

A recent example of this continuing phenomenon occurred in Texas, of all places, and it involves an African-American couple whose child was removed from their home for reasons that even Child Protective Services officials can't explain.

As reported by Fox affiliate KRIV-TV in Houston, the couple are reeling after CPS removed their 19-month-old son from their home, alleging medical neglect because he is not developing normally.

The parents told the local station they fully understand that their son is undergoing some delays in his development, but they also said they have not denied him care. They have taken their son to several doctors, who have given them no medical diagnosis or other explanation for their son's late development, let alone told them what to do about it or how to treat it.

"It's just painful, it makes no sense," Olubunmi Giwa, the mother, said during an interview.

Condition's cause "unspecified"

Officially, their son, Ali, has been diagnosed with "failure to thrive" and "lack of normal physiological development." However, the cause of his condition is listed as "unspecified."

The parents' attorney, Jon Parchman, pointed out that they are hard-working and educated people. The mother has Ph.D. in special education, and the father is employed by a Houston energy company.

What's more, CPS officials have admitted in court documents that they cannot pinpoint what is causing the delay in development, yet they have somehow made the case that the boy should not be with his parents anyway. The parents have not been charged with abuse, just medical neglect... for a condition that nobody can identify or treat!

"It hurts knowing he's that way. If we could fix it, we would. We've done therapy, we've seen a lot of doctors," Ms. Giwa told the news station.

The parents had brought the boy to the doctor multiple times, and he even received physical therapy in the United Kingdom. While in the UK working on her doctorate degree, Ms. Giwa said she had a disagreement with a physician over when breastfeeding should end; that doctor, she says, then reported her to social services, but a judge allowed the social services to withdraw the case.

However, in Texas CPS documents the agency accused Ms. Giwa of "moving whenever the child needs follow-up testing and left the U.K. with the child without follow-up medical treatment."

Father begs to be in his child's life

Parchman countered that the child agency has provided no specifics in court to support its allegations.

"They would say, 'oh it's based on a report here or a report there,' and you never could pin down where they got their facts from or what happened," he told the station.

Regarding the allegation of medical neglect, Parchman said that the agency's only court witness was a doctor who had never seen the boy nor talked to his parents.

"The most they really got was, the hospital room was a little dirty - that was the extent of what they proved in court," Parchman says. "The judge said, 'So you've proven there's a dirty hospital room; that doesn't get us to danger in returning the child home.'"

Nevertheless, the judge ruled in favor of CPS, granting the agency temporary custody. The agency only permits the parents to see their son for an hour twice a week.

"It's horrible. He's never been without us. He's my baby. The entire family is a mess because of it. We can't function," Ms. Giwa said.

"Just let us be in Ali's life," Ahmed Giwa, Ali's father, told the station. "Don't take Ali away from us."





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