Sunday, April 17, 2011

CPS tries to force drugs

A reader sends this story:
Authorities have determined there is no emergency need for a 13-year-old girl to be on medication, after the girl's mother was accused of medically neglecting her by not giving her a psychotropic drug.

The girl has been in state custody since Child Protective Services workers showed up to take her, prompting an hours-long standoff between her mother and police.
There are more details here.

It is extremely rare that there is some medical necessity to give a psychotropic drug to a child. It is rarer still that the parental judgment must be overridden. I have never even heard of such a case. You would think that CPS would not act unless it was sure. But in this case, they arrested the mom without any determination that the drug was needed.

I have no idea what will happen in this case, except that CPS will not admit that it made a mistake.

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