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Bureaucrats Kidnap Newborn Infant and Get Away With It. Briefly.

Written by Gary North on March 29, 2012

Social workers who deal with children are almost untouchable. But, once in a while, one of them goes too far. She gets caught. (They are mostly females.) This one did.

The Home School Legal Defense Fund has gotten involved. The bureaucrat in charge of this outrage is about to find out what negative publicity is, and her boss is about to find out what hiring lawyers costs.

The head of the HSLDF explains.

I am not content to sit on the sidelines while the government gradually usurps the very essence of parental rights. I hope you share my determination. We need to stand with people like Scott and Jodi Ferris (obviously no relation to someone named Farris). Here’s their story:

Jodi went into labor a bit earlier than she had expected—and the baby was coming rapidly. Given their location and other factors, the midwife they had hoped would deliver the baby at their home encouraged them to get in an ambulance and head to the hospital.

Their baby, whom I will call “Annie,” was born in the ambulance in the parking lot of the Hershey Medical Center—a government hospital in Pennsylvania. Hospital personnel arrived very quickly and took charge of both baby and mom.

As any mother would do, Jodi immediately began to ask the nurses and attendants how her baby was doing. The hospital staff was utterly unresponsive. When they started to give Jodi an injection, she asked what it was and what it was for. They gave her vague answers like, “It’s just to help.” Only after giving her the injection of oxytocin did they tell her what it was and then asked, “You aren’t allergic to that are you?”

Jodi persisted in asking about Annie. No one would tell her anything other than “she’s in good hands and you’ll be able to see her soon.”

Eventually a doctor told her that Annie scored a 9 on a physical exam applied to newborns known as the APGAR test. A score of 8 or higher is considered healthy. (It is unclear when the score was given since she was in the ambulance at birth.) But shortly after this a different doctor told Jodi that Annie was “very sick” and would need to stay in the hospital. This doctor’s comments were accompanied by an explanation of his disdain for midwives saying, “Too many people think they know what they’re doing.”

About an hour later, another hospital staffer finally brought Annie to Jodi and said, “The baby is doing good. She will be able to go home in no time.”

However, several hours later yet another staffer told Scott and Jodi that Annie would have to stay in the hospital for 48 to 72 hours for observation. Even though they persisted in asking why Annie would need to stay, his only answer was that “the law requires us to keep the baby for 48 hours.” When they asked for a reference to this supposed law, he answered, “you’ll have to get that from risk management.” (By the way, there is no such law in Pennsylvania.)

The risk management staffer eventually told them that even though they saw nothing wrong with the baby, they just like “to keep babies like this” for 48–72 hours. The Ferrises were told that Annie would not be released for this period since it was “unsafe for her to leave the hospital.”

Eventually, a risk management staffer admitted that the risk that was being managed was not the health of Annie but the risk that the hospital might get sued if something went wrong after she was discharged.

Ultimately, risk management said that they would be satisfied with a 24-hour stay and that Jodi and Scott could remain with the baby overnight.

Late in the afternoon, a government social worker named Angelica Lopez-Heagy came into Jodi’s room announcing that she was there to conduct an investigation. Jodi asked to know the allegations. The social worker claimed that it would be against the law for her to show Jodi the allegations.

Jodi replied that she would not be comfortable answering the questions if she couldn’t know the allegations. Immediately the social worker proclaimed, “Since you’re not going to cooperate, I’ll just go and call the police and we can take custody of the baby.”

Fearing that the social worker would carry out her threat, Jodi replied that she was willing to cooperate.

The social worker soon intimated that the issue was Jodi’s refusal to consent to medical treatment for the baby. Jodi replied that she had no idea why anyone would say that. The social worker claimed that she had refused to allow a Vitamin K shot for Annie. Jodi replied that no one had asked her about such a shot. Moreover, she had overheard hospital staffers saying that they had already given Annie such a shot.

Neither the social worker nor any hospital staffer ever gave Jodi or Scott any example of any medically necessary treatment that they had refused for Annie.

It got worse. Much worse. To find out how bad it got, click the link.

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29 thoughts on “Bureaucrats Kidnap Newborn Infant and Get Away With It. Briefly.

  1. this can be summed up in 4 words….THEY SHOULD BE SHOT !

  2. What a crock! I hope that state agency and the social worker herself and the hospital are all sued for mega bucks! Our just too wonderful government believes it self above the law and all its nefarious minions subscribe to that fallacy But then when the SO CALLED, COMMANDER IN CHEIF and his henchmen are above the law why shouldn't other criminal government agencies think so too.

  3. Taquoshi says:

    A friend's daughter went through the same thing when she had a home birth. The mother and child were transported to the hospital because of some mild hemorrhaging the mother had and what was determined as a "difficult birth" for the baby. However the hospital refused to release the baby for TWO WEEKS, claiming there were "problems". The mother was told she would be arrested if she signed the baby out against medical advice (AMA). Finally, the insurance company and the head of Pediatrics forced the release. It was crazy. Both the baby and the mother are fine.

    Apparently, the hospitals are so nervous about lawsuits that they have become aggressive about releasing babies. But at the same time, they need to dial back.

  4. Where did that social worker get her training, from the Nazi S.S. ? We are from the government and we are here to help – foul everything up beyond recognition. That Mom should have demanded for a Hospital Security Officer to be there until Police arrived to arrest that social worker. Do Not Let Government Push You Around !

  5. I just hope the book is thrown at them, they are locked up and the key thrown away.
    This is just too scary; glad I'm past the child-bearing age, but my grandchildren and great grandchildren aren't.
    God is really our only hope and I'm praying he will give the lawyers who have taken this on will be granted wisdom and boldness. Thank You, Father!!!

  6. This kind of thing was predicted by our Founding Fathers, if we didn't stay as the Nation for which we were founded, then again, especially when prayer was taken out of the schools. If you will check, I believe you will see that is the truth.
    How can we expect God to bless when we have thrown Him out of our Country. He told His first Disciples, if they were not accepted in a place they were to "shake the dust off of their feet" and leave. How can He do any less.
    Every time Israel turned back to Him, they were helped and victorious over their enemies. I believe there is a lesson there for America. HE CANNOT BLESS A MESS!!! However, He can turn it to good and then bless it, if we "repent and turn from our wicked ways".

  7. Now they know why people dont like bureaucrats.

  8. Reggie Brian says:

    When the federal government takes over things like this (think TSA), there is no one to sue, no one to appeal to, no rights. “You can’t fight city hall” after all.

    This is just another reason why Obamacare is anti-rights and must be stricken down.

    In this particular case, we have a perfect storm of faceless, overworked bureaucrats in CYA mode, with multiple conflicting government agencies being “from the government and here to help.”

  9. The baby was probably singled out to be a participant in a medical experiment of some kind. Social workers don't randomly take children for nothing. There was a reason they wanted the child. And I would guess Annie was probably given some sort of experimental vaccine or drug. No one will ever be sure what they were doing to Annie while she was in custody of the state. There will be no criminal charges against the CPS or any other agency. They can take your child for any reason at all, and they don't have to give the child back until and unless a judge orders them to, as was the case here. If the judge or judges are supportive of the reason the child was taken from the mother, then the mother may lose the child forever. That's how it works.

  10. This article makes the spider senses stand up on the back of my neck. These bold take overs of authority that should remain in the citizen domain are all too similar to Nazi Germany. Folks, when the government can run another 1/6 of your life, we are in deep trouble. Go vote! Remember by not going to the polls and voting Republican, you are giving your vote to Obama. Please don't get discouraged and not vote at all, thinking it won't help…it will. We can win!

  11. Barbara Taylor says:

    I saw a side bar article called "The Increased Nazification of America". THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT'S HAPPENING, and this case only proves that! Never mind accusations of Communism, it's a FASCIST MINDSET – COMPLETE CONTROL OF EVERY ASPECT OF PEOPLE'S LIVES! That the parents might just try to Homeschool their children (who invariably do better after they go to college) is WHAT that Fascist Social Worker was aiming at! It scares the HECK out of me, and makes me see "red" (no reference to political color)! Yeah, wouldn't it be nice if someone took it out on the people who caused these parents so much misery – OVER THEIR NEWBORN! WHAT IS HAPPENING TO THIS COUNTRY?

  12. If you think the Republican party is going to change anything to stop this sort of thing from happening, you are greatly mistaken.

  13. MontanaMEL says:

    NO PROBLEM… Kidnapping my kid would earn everyone of these "actors" a free taste of 250gr of Colt 45 lead…

    The inability to get direct answers to direct questions from hospital employees is "enough" to declare their services without merit, i.e., depart to some "other" source of care!…

    A true "parent" is ready to die for their children… and, protecting them from any "threat" is enough to trigger that for me!


  15. Don't think so. Most of the abuses the Obama administration is engaged in were tested in the Bush/Cheney years. When a Republican president backed by a solidly Republican Congress started creating new bureaucracies after 9-11 faster than Al Gore and Ted Kennedy could dream them up, I knew then the two parties had merged.
    Bush wants war; Obama wants war. McCain wants war; Hillary wants war. At the national level there just is no difference.

  16. I used to belong to HSLDA. They do many great things for home schoolers and others.

    However, if you read the magazine that you get when you subscribe, you will find that it is very "conservative" not Libertarian. They support endless wars!

    I did not renew.

  17. Public Citizzen says:

    After reading the article I think little Annie's college fund is going to get a real jumpstart when all the litigation is settled.
    The "risk-management" bots are going to get a real education about insisting that somebody under the influence of hospital administered OXYCONTIN be forced to make a decision about the health care of a minor, especially when the individual has deferred to the judgment of a responsible spouse.

  18. shavager says:

    The family should get a LAWYER AND SUE the hospital! Similar thing happened to a cousin in Waycross, Ga. some years back when she and husband were without jobs or hospitalization. After services were provided, hospital found she didn't have any money to pay the bill for the child's medical care, they took the child from the room she was in and told her parents they had to pay the bill before the child was returned. They called an attorney and net result was HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS in settlement dollars the hospital had to pay to keep it out of court. Without legal justification, this agency is liable for legal damages for "hostage" status of the child.

  19. The suit is only good for PR purposes. That's my cynical, but realistic, assessment. Why? Because these are bureaucrats. They're protected by the Gov. Any award will be with taxpayer money, NOT out of the offenders' pockets. The social worker (especially) will be shielded. We may not ever find out her name. She's not a public figure, so she's untouchable. The hospital personnel won't be reprimanded. Their actions were in accordance with hospital policy. There will probably be NO negative repercussions to the perps and the only real damage will be to the credibility and reputation of the hospital and the social services bureau. But you know, how many of us are there who give a rip? Not the vast majority.

  20. The challenge is the the National Dems and Repubs are goosestepping to the wishes of the world money powers, the sponsors of the New World Order Bush's, Clinton's, and Obama speak so much of. One of the original top NWO developers,

    Super globalist banker Mayer Amschel Rothschild said in the early 1800's,"Give me control of a nation's money and I care not who makes the laws." – With the Federal Reserve and buyouts in Congress this has been made clear. The Fed's have over 10 Trillion Dollars unaccounted for and Congress never truly audits it.

    President Woodrow Wilson in 1913 signed the Federal Reserve act and then sadly said, "I have betrayed my country." As Woodrow Wilson said fearfully about these self serving globalists of his day (Rothschild, Rockefeller, Colonel House, etc), "There is a power so pervasive, so secretive, so organised that one dare not speak of it above a whisper."

    Death threats, 'accidental' deaths, murders, intimidation is what people in our government face when they do not cow tow to the powers behind the powers. This is why we Americans should pray for our leaders and vote wisely and stand up for what is right while we have any constitutional rights remaining.

    If the government becomes a law-breaker, it breeds contempt for the law. It invites every man to become a law unto himself. It invites anarchy. — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis, dissenting; Olmstead v. United States, 277 U.S. 438 (1928)

    A government big enough to give you everything you want is a government big enough to take from you everything you have. – Gerald Ford, presidential address to a joint session of Congress, 12 August 1974

    "I sincerely believe… that banking establishments are more dangerous than standing armies, and that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity under the name of funding is but swindling futurity on a large scale." –Thomas Jefferson to John Taylor, 1816. ME 15:23

    "When the people fear their government, there is tyranny; when the government fears the people, there is liberty." –
    Thomas Jefferson

  21. madmemere says:

    This case bring to mind a similar case, that took place in NH last year; a young couple had their baby in the hospital and the child was, immediately, taken by "federal authorities" – -"because" the father is an "Oathkeeper". Sorry I cannot remember their names, but the situation was absolutely outrageous and received immediate, statewide attention. It took nearly two weeks, but the couple, finally, got their baby back, thanks to a lot of pressure and assistance from fellow "Oathkeepers" and someone in the state legislature! Being an "Oathkeeper" is NOT a crime; it is a most commendable, patriotic organization!

  22. Every time I think I've heard it all I hear something even MORE disgusting and astounding than the last! And we wonder why so many people are going around in a state of perpetual ANGER.

    I hope this couple gets every DIME they can from this hospital as an EXAMPLE to others that this stuff won't be tolerated. Bless their hearts… I only wish they'd have had the presence of mind to get a GOOD lawyer at the very beginning of this madness!! I really hope they are sufficiently recompensed for the horror's they were put through, especially this new mommy.

    And THANK GOD for and God BLESS those lawyers at HSLDF for taking this case that isn't even in the area of law that they normally deal with!!

  23. I understand what you're trying to express. But logically if her parents had done what you've suggested they'd have both been in jail and someone else WOULD have had their child, probably for the rest of her life. I'm just sayin . . .

  24. Well their 'fears' of a law suit must have worked against them this time. I see a MAJOR one on the horizon, gov. hospital or NOT! I hope these kids get RICH off of it too. This stuff is nothing less than unforgivable!

  25. The thing that concerns me, is the governments blatant assertion of its power and intimidation over birthing in general. Our laws seem to assure their 'right' to access and interfere with families, with the arrogant assumption that 'PAPA knows best' and nullify a parents' right to make decisions for their own children. It seems to me like a thing you would have seen in communist countries or pre-war Germany, with the Nazi's youth camps and mandatory propaganda programs. We MUST take our God given mandate to care for and teach our OWN children as PRIMARY authority in the precious lives of our children, OUR children, NOT THE STATES!!!! Thank you HSLDF for bringing this to the front of your attention and ours.

  26. Like what you said and our founding fathers and wiser presidents. It IS a war we are in to the life or death of true liberty.

  27. Unless a Court of Law has judged you mentally deficient NO Hospital has any legal authority to hold anyone. To do so is called criminally kidnapping, civilly it is called false imprisonment. I have more times than I care to remember told Social Services and Hospital personnel that this man (me) with the badge and the gun would arrest them right here, right now…I'm the law you aren't.


    Most cops, the truth be known, are very, very tired of Social Services and their lies and scare tactics they use on parents most of whom are just plain good folks.

    God Bless Parents….it IS a tough job!!!!!!!!

  28. Lee Crain says:

    The one constant fact cited in the many comments is that these children have PARENTS. What seems the most improbable statistic in this country today is that there is a 70% illegitimacy rate in some communities, and an overall 40% rate in this country. Does anyone see the connection between this and the rate of truancy, the drop-out rate, the rate of increase in prison populations? Is there any way we as citizens, can insist that we can teach children to keep their pants zipped and their legs crossed? Why can't we teach in school that it's not proper nor safe to have sexual contact with any person whom one barely (no pun intended) knows, and that practicing abstinence until marriage is a far safer and saner road to take.

  29. Support the Second Amendment, vote George Zimmerman for Congress, 2012!