Friday, June 24, 2016

Health Impact News Named in Alabama Lawsuit for Exposing State-sponsored Child Kidnapping

Last week Health Impact News published the story out of Alabama where DHR (Department of Human Resources) removed a newborn breast-feeding child that was only 2 days old from his 14-year-old mother who is alleged to be a rape victim, and was still in the hospital. The story quickly went viral with over 1 million views in the first 24 hours, and gained national attention.
See our previous coverage of this story:

Alabama Child Protective Services Steals New-born Breast-feeding Baby from Rape Victim While Still at the Hospital

Alleged Rapist Arrested in Alabama Rape Mother Story – Allowed to Enter Hospital Room to See Baby Before His Arrest

Health Impact News had a reporter at the scene, along with other advocates who had shown up to encourage the 14-year mother who had chosen to give birth to her baby. They were present at the birth by invitation of the family, which included the 14-year-old mother, and her grandparents. Her grandparents had already been approved by Alabama DHR to take care of the 14-year-old mother, along with her siblings.
However, as we originally reported, DHR social workers, with the help of local law enforcement, forced the young mother to give up her baby, taking the the newborn away from her while she was still breastfeeding the child in the hospital. Advocates present in the hospital recorded Officer Edmunson state that the social worker did not need a warrant to remove the child:

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