‘It began as a routine check-up. New parents Calob and Ashly had taken their 2.5-month old baby, Caden, to a weight specialist because he was slightly underweight. As far as they knew, they were doing a great job with Caden, feeding him everything he needed and performing the duties of responsible parents. They had gone along with their pediatrician’s recommendation to see the specialist because they wanted to be certain nothing was wrong.
But after a few minutes in the examination room, the appointment turned into an ambush. Multiple officials from Department of Family Services (DFS) stormed in the room, demanding the astonished parents disclose what they had been feeding their child. They were then given a choice, between being put into jail on the charge of child abuse, and signing a rights waiver to relinquish their parental rights over their child. Under the intense scrutiny and pressure of state officials, they signed the waiver, and then lost their child.
Caden was then administered a slew of tests and treatments. The 2.5 month-old’s head was punctured by a needle, and he was given a number of other tests. State health professionals gave him Phenobarbital, Rocuronium, Diazepam, Dopamine, Adenosine, and Alprostadil, among other substances. He was defibrillated at one point, though not in cardiac arrest.’