The young couple now had three children, all under the age of 1 year. Erica breastfed all three. Soon after, however, paramedics showed up when someone reported the birth. According to Carey and Rengo, the paramedics suggested taking the newborns to the hospital for a check up, but they refused, worrying about the twins' health with fragile immune systems among patients fighting disease. The next day, CPS showed up for the first of several visits. They say CPS pushed them to switch to steroid creams, which the couple refused as well. "It's a very harsh treatment and can have very negative side effects. It can cause damage to bones, the muscular system and liver," Carey said. "They wanted the authority in my household. I told them, 'I'm a Christian and God gave me the authority in my household," Rengo said. Soon after, CPS took all 3 children.

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