“Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted. — Vladimir Lenin
This story should warm Mary Elizabeth Williams’ heart. Williams of course is the Salon.com blogger who recently informed her readers that “we” all need to get over the idea that parents should be the ones caring for children. According to Williams, and her partner in silliness, Melissa Harris-Perry of MSNBC, “the community” should be the one to do that job. Neither Williams nor Harris-Perry ever explained just why parents shouldn’t care for their children. I can only assume the two consider the statement indisputable and therefore in need of no support. Needless to say, they didn’t ask any actual parents for feedback on the idea. Nor did they let readers know just who this “community” is that’s supposed to start caring for the nation’s 74.2 million children under the age of 18. Hey, when you have such a brilliant idea, it’s OK to let someone else work out the details.
Here’s an example of the actions of the “community” about whose “care” of children Williams and Harris-Perry are so thrilled. According to a report by Sacramento’s ABC News:
A Sacramento mom and dad, Anna Nikolayev and husband Alex have a little son they named Sammy. Sammy has a heart murmur, but apparently not one that risks his health. At age five months, he got the flu, so his mother and father took him to Sutter Memorial Hospital. Sutter kept him what seems to me an inordinate period of time — two weeks — during which Anna began to get the idea that Sammy wasn’t getting the best of care.
For example, one day Anna asked why a nurse was giving her son antibiotics.
“I asked her, for what is that? And she’s like, ‘I don’t know.’ I’m like, ‘you’re working as a nurse, and you don’t even know what to give to my baby for what,’” Anna explained.
According to Anna, a doctor later said Sammy shouldn’t have been on the antibiotics.
That type of negligence would give any caring parent pause. After all, hospitals make mistakes in care every day. Studies of the American health care system mark up a troubling number of deaths to medical negligence. The Journal of the American Medical Association puts the number at 230,000 per year just from hospital negligence alone.
Plus, two weeks in the hospital for the flu sounds a lot like the behavior of a business enterprise that’s trying to increase its billings. That take on the situation is corroborated by the fact that hospital personnel wanted to put Sammy into pediatric ICU in advance of performing heart surgery.
At that point, Anna took the baby out of Sutter Memorial without being discharged and over to Kaiser Permanente for a second opinion. Her entirely reasonable action apparently didn’t sit well with someone at Sutter. My guess is that at least part of the reason is that doctors at Kaiser said Sammy looked fine and sent him home with Anna and Alex.
Medical records from the doctor treating Sammy at Kaiser Permanente said the baby was clinically safe to go home with his parents. The doctor added, “I do not have concern for the safety of the child at home with his parents.”
And when that happens, some skeptics, like those who work at health insurance companies, might start asking questions about the lengthy course of care Sammy was getting at Sutter. They might also decide the treatment wasn’t reasonable and necessary, and not to pay the bills. At this point, I’m going to guess that threat to getting paid is what motivated Sutter to call the police. Sutter told the police that the Nikolayevs were neglecting their son’s care, the police dutifully showed up at Kaiser, found out what the situation was and went away.
The police showed up there. They saw that the baby was fine,” Anna said. “They told us that Sutter was telling them so much bad stuff that they thought that this baby is dying on our arms.”
So police saw the report from the doctors, said, ‘okay guys, you have a good day,’ and they walked away,” Anna said.
But that wasn’t’ the script Sutter was reading from. Apparently, the idea that there was nothing about Sammy that needed lots of expensive medical attention didn’t sit well with them. Certainly Anna and Alex’s assertion of their rights as parents didn’t. So Sutter tried again. With Alex, Anna and Sammy at home the next day, the police showed up again, this time in the company of Child Protective Services.
“I was pushed against the building, smacked down. I said, ‘am I being placed under arrest?’ He smacked me down onto the ground, yelled out, ‘I think I got the keys to the house,’” Alex said.
Then police let themselves inside.
On home video shot with a camera Anna set up herself, police can be seen entering her front door on Wednesday.
“I’m going to grab your baby, and don’t resist, and don’t fight me ok?” a Sacramento police officer said in the video.
“He’s like, ‘okay let your son go,’ so I had to let him go, and he grabbed my arm, so I couldn’t take Sammy. And they took Sammy, and they just walked .”
To watch the video of little Sammy being taken at gun point by CPS click here, it’s horrifying and resembles the actions of a totalitarian state.
At this point, the police aren’t talking and CPS claims it’s a case of “severe neglect.” That’s “severe neglect” of the kind the Kaiser doctor didn’t notice in giving the little lad a clean bill of health. That’s “severe neglect” whose real meaning is “we can do anything we want to and no one can stop us.” CPS claimed “We conduct a risk assessment of the child’s safety and rely heavily on the direction of health care providers.”
Did CPS consult the Kaiser doctor? Apparently not. But one thing is certain, little Sammy was taken from his parents and shifted into the care of — can you guess — Sutter Memorial Hospital.
The story does not end here. The Nikolayevs, immigrants for Russia, hired an attorney and took their case to court. They are celebrating after a Sacramento county judge ordered their 5-month-old son be taken out of protective custody and transported to a Stanford hospital in Palo Alto, News 10 reported.
“The decision came one week after police and Child Protective Services removed Anna and Alex Nikolayev’s son, Sammy, from the couple’s house. The reason: They had sought a second medical opinion for their child.
The Nikolayevs can now see Sammy whenever they want and have control over the child’s medical decisions, but CPS will continue to monitor the situation.
“It’s like a special day for us,” Anna told News 10, a local ABC affiliate. “We’re like a unit with our son again.”
Now, by order of the judge, Sammy will stay at Stanford Medical Center, where he will get a second medical opinion. However, the couple must allow CPS to visit their home once Sammy is discharged, and they must agree to never take him from a hospital against medical advice.”
All Sammy’s parents wanted to do was get second opinion before subjecting him to heart surgery. This is something any responsible and ration parent would do.
Megyn Kelly, of Fox News, interviewed Anna and Alex Nikolayev and their lawyers, Joe Weinberger and Robert Powell, on America Live on April 30th.
"They still want to control our life," said Anna, responding to Megyn's question about why authorities should still be able to make regular visits to check up on Sammy.
Weinberger said the Nikolayevs did what any parents would do in seeking a second opinion before deciding a major surgery for their child.
"It's not like they went home and sat around. They went to another hospital," said Weinberger, noting that the parents had an "antagonistic" relationship with the first doctor.
Alex Nikolayev said he received a call from his wife the next day, saying cops were outside and going to break the door down.
"I asked them if they had a warrant. Next thing you know I'm basically being pushed, dropped to the ground," he said, recalling that officers handcuffed him, then took away his keys and tried to enter the house. At that point, he said he called his wife from outside and told her to call 911.
Weinberger said he believes authorities have been lying and trying to cover up "to justify an action that is completely unjustifiable," vowing that a lawsuit is "absolutely" forthcoming.
Please watch the full interview here to hear the heart-wrenching account of government gone out of control.
A California lawmaker is now calling for a full audit of the state’s Child Protective Services after the agency helped police take Sammy from his parents. California Assemblyman Tim Donnelly is (R-Twin Peaks) behind the push for an audit of Child Protective Services. “If this mother committed any crime, it’s caring about her child too much. The mother is the only rational figure here, and so I am demanding answers from CPS,” Donnelly said.
Donnelly said since looking into the Nikolayev case, he's also heard from many parents with similar complaints against CPS. He hopes to investigate each case as he did when he first heard about Anna and Alex and started contacting officials at both Sutter Memorial and CPS.
"The first question I asked them is, 'Are these parents abusive? Do you suspect that they are guilty of neglect or something along those lines,' and they said, 'Absolutely not; 99.9% these are just normal parents,' and I said then, "What the Hell are you doing?'" Donnelly said.
"They should have done the reports. They should have done all those researches before they would walk in our home, and took our son from our hands," Anna said.
The Department of Health and Human Services that oversees CPS declined Donnelly's request for more information. Now, the legislator, who sits on the Joint Legislative Audit Committee, plans to take a closer look at the agency he says has raised deep suspicions.
You can watch News 10 interview with Donnelly here.
Today with agencies such as the CPS along with our K-12 public school system and their constant increasing of political correctness in the schools and curriculums parents have less and less control, or even influence, over their children and their education. This influence and control is slowly shifting more and more to the state. Sure, we need, as a civil and caring society watch out for children who are physically and sexually abused and are victims of drug addicted parents. But this has to be done with caution and oversight in order to avoid abuses from the system as happened to the Nikolayevs. Perhaps before making a Gestapo-like raid, a warrant should be obtained and abiding by the IV Amendment to the Constitution. Suspected criminals are afforded this right but it seems the Nikolayevs were not. The unbridled power of the CPS should not be allowed.
According to an article by Chris Branson, an attorney in Houston Texas writing on the ten things you should do if CPS shows up at your home. Branson relates what was told him by a CPS social worker:
"I wish I could shout from the highest mountain to parents to vigilantly learn their rights! If they knew what their legal rights were there would be significantly lower numbers of child removals. Social workers, unlike policemen making an arrest, are not required to inform the parents of their legal rights. All we had to do to remove a child was to show up at the home and tell the parents we came to remove the kids. Often times we would take a police officer with us (never telling the parents he was there for MY protection, not to enforce an order or warrant). 99% of the time we never had to get a warrant or court order to remove kids because the parents would be so intimidated by the officer that they would just hand their kids over and show up for court the next day. But if they had legally known their parental rights, they could simply have told me that I could not take the children unless I had a court order signed by the judge or had a warrant to remove the kids. The majority of times parents were just intimidated and gave consent for the whole process to begin; completely unknowing of what rights they just waived."
The problem in Sacramento was that the CPS the Nikolayevs being immigrants probably were not as familiar with the Bill of Rights as they should have been thus allowing the CPS to run roughshod over their rights while the police — who should have known better — allowed it to happen
This is only one of the most recent and public embodiments of CPS working underhandedly in concert with so-called authorities and health practitioners to literally kidnap children from their parents.
The story goes a long way in depicting the collectivist mindset being promulgated and embraced by the left, the most recent example of which had MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry declaring all children belong to the “community,” in other words, to the state. “We have to break through our private idea that kids belong to their parents or kids belong to their families,” Harris-Perry recently stated in an awkward 30-second indoctrination piece aired during breaks on MSNBC.
The right to choose what’s best for your own child is a speck fading gradually in the rear view mirror, and as Sarah at the Healthy Home Economist correctly surmised, the day has come where walking through hospital doors means immediately surrendering your right to dictate what’s best medically for your child:
“Parents are increasingly becoming irrelevant when it comes to decisions regarding their children’s medical care. Jodi and Scott Ferris experienced a similar traumatic event when they questioned the Hep B vaccination for their baby at Penn State Hershey Medical Center. Their baby was also taken by CPS.
The moral of this story? Tick off doctors and nurses at a hospital and they could very well sic CPS on you – with police breaking down your door in short order.
Think long and hard before taking your children to the hospital my friends. Once you go through that door, the medical decisions about your child are no longer within your control.”
Do you think seeking a second opinion is cause for CPS involvement, or should parents have a right to decide which doctors treat their child? Soon this overreaching control by the state will begin to affect home schooling, not for the benefit of the child but for the benefit of the school. The schools and the teachers unions will want that state and federal money allocated to the student to fill their coffers. Welcome to the Soviet Union.