• After Trip to Emergency Room Illinois Couple has all 4 Children Medically Kidnapped

    Like many Americans, Mary Sweeney and Cedric Roberts believed that Child Protective Services was made up of "the good guys," the ones who protect children from bad parents who abuse their children. They didn't realize that a trip to the emergency room puts normal, loving parents at risk of losing their children. Mary wanted to make sure that everything was fine after a simple accidental injury, but the trip to the ER resulted in all 4 of their children being taken from them. It could have happened to anyone. The suburban Chicago couple spent the summer without their children, including infant twins, because a Child Abuse Pediatrician in another state has accused them of abusing one of their babies. The doctor never saw the baby in person. A fracture the doctor diagnosed ended up being a glare on her screen. There was no fracture. It was a mistake. Even so, Illinois Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) has not returned the children to their parents.

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  • After Trip to Emergency Room Illinois Couple has all 4 Children Medically Kidnapped

    I am sitting outside a court room right now with a very similar situation. Something has to be done to take down this system. You never think it can happen to you, it can happen to anyone. The research by Gabaeff and others is out there and legit, so for a national system, children's hospitals, physicians, lawyers, and judges to ignore current research and cling to 40 year old SBS is astounding. Or someone is making money, and they are. There are contracts between hospitals, abuse specialist, and DCS/CPS's in every state. Government increases funding for the number of kids in foster care there are incentives to have children adopted and removed and kept in custody. The system does what they please and no one stands up for the family even when they know it is wrong. We have had DCS workers and police look at us and say we know there was no abuse... All I can say is pray, give it to the lord to protect your family and children as a nation we are abusing children and destroying families in the name of saving children. Study after study prove that even if a child was abused they are actually better off with their family than in the system. the system inflicts more sexual abuse and continued abuse on the children than any of them were removed for and produces drug abuse, mental illness, homelessness the list goes on. This is nation wide. Keep looking answers and again PRAY. God is taking care of my family. He is my only source of peace and refuge. I would like to find a way to fight this nation wide and use any skill I have to help families and children in these situations. If anyone has any insight or input into how I could help.

  • After Trip to Emergency Room Illinois Couple has all 4 Children Medically Kidnapped

    linda said:

    o my lord. a mother can drink and drive with kids in the car,leave kids alone while she goes out of state for the weekend dcfs is cared numerous times about safety for the kids and nothing gerts done.here a mother works hard to help provide for the family and look what happens.this could have happened to a lot of us. falling a sleep with the baby on our chest.this poor family.i will be praying the god intervenes.linda li

    This is so tragic! Where are you and children now? I just moved to illinois. Aimee Albrecht in face book. My heart breaks for you.

  • After Trip to Emergency Room Illinois Couple has all 4 Children Medically Kidnapped

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    Like many Americans, Mary Sweeney and Cedric Roberts believed that Child Protective Services was made up of "the good guys," the ones who protect children from bad parents who abuse their children. They didn't realize that a trip to the emergency room puts normal, loving parents at risk of losing their children. Mary wanted to make sure that everything was fine after a simple accidental injury, but the trip to the ER resulted in all 4 of their children being taken from them. It could have happened to anyone. The suburban Chicago couple spent the summer without their children, including infant twins, because a Child Abuse Pediatrician in another state has accused them of abusing one of their babies. The doctor never saw the baby in person. A fracture the doctor diagnosed ended up being a glare on her screen. There was no fracture. It was a mistake. Even so, Illinois Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS) has not returned the children to their parents.

    My name is Brenda Caldwell. My husband and I have a micro-preemie son (born at 23 weeks in January 2017) that is going to be turning 19 mos (15 mos adjusted). He spent 107 days in the NICU. We can sympathize with this family and what they're going through.

    In November 2017, our son had an accidental fall on our carpeted floor. Rightly so, we called 911. Our son was taken to the hospital and from there, our nightmare begin. After 2 CT scans and 2 x-rays, our son was found to have retinal bleeding and 2 minor brain bleeds. CPS and the police were called. They told us we had to leave the hospital and removed our son from our care pending a 72 hour removal. For 6 days, we were denied information and visitation while he was in the hospital. All we knew is he was in excellent health.

    They placed him (luckily) with my amazing mother-in-law. He stayed with her for 5 mos. While we were able to visit whenever we wanted, the lack of bonding due to our sheltering situation was starting to grow.

    In April, we were awarded back our son, but the fight wasn't over. Due to the pediatric abuse doctor, they refused to close our case. We were heading to trial. Shortly before trial was to start in July, the state considered settling. Whether it was so they could meet their 1 yr deadline or the doctor's deposition wasn't solid, the state wanted to settle. We were nowhere near done. In fact, with EVERYTHING that has happened...this is just the beginning.

    My husband and I are looking to try and change the current policies in place. We all know we have a broken system and change will be slow, but we will never know what we can do until we try. We would like to reach out to this family to offer our support and possibly help work together to see what we can do to make some changes. It has to start somewhere.

    ~Brenda Caldwell

  • After Trip to Emergency Room Illinois Couple has all 4 Children Medically Kidnapped

    o my lord. a mother can drink and drive with kids in the car,leave kids alone while she goes out of state for the weekend dcfs is cared numerous times about safety for the kids and nothing gerts done.here a mother works hard to help provide for the family and look what happens.this could have happened to a lot of us. falling a sleep with the baby on our chest.this poor family.i will be praying the god intervenes.linda li