Via Radley Balko:
For the second time in a year, Lawrence County Children and Youth Services has been accused in a federal lawsuit of removing a child from a mother’s custody after a positive test for opiates allegedly triggered by poppy seeds.
Eileen Ann Bower, a Lawrence County resident whose residence and age were not provided, gave birth to a son, Brandon, on July 13, 2009, according to a complaint filed late Friday. She was stunned, it said, when a blood test at Jameson Hospital came back positive for opiates.
Brandon was taken into foster care three days after his birth, it said, and only returned on Sept. 29.
That’s the first two months of mother and son bonding completely destroyed over poppy seeds.
Where’s the call in state legislatures for Brandon’s law? Can’t they whip together a law in outrage over this? Make it a felony to take away a child without proof of harm? Where are all the Nancy Grace bloodsucking wanna-be’s over this story?
Ms. Bower is suing the county agency, its caseworker and Jameson Health System for negligence, invasion of privacy and violation of due process, according to the complaint by attorney Stanley T. Booker.
Good for her. The state should be prosecuting the county agency for kidnapping and child abuse.