(NaturalNews) It’s always heartbreaking to hear of a young child who is battling cancer, but in the case of three-year-old Weston Lamarre, it’s a particularly tragic story because he has been separated from his mother, Wendy, after the occurrence of what some are calling a “medical kidnapping.”
Wendy Lamarre has not been charged with any mistreatment of her child, and although her regular doctors and others are sure she is not a threat to her son — who is now recovering from treatment for a brain tumor — Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF) authorities are keeping her son in custody and reportedly allowing the mother to see her son only a few hours per week.
By nearly all accounts (aside from the DCF staff), Wendy Lamarre is a caring mother who has been at Weston’s side ever since he was diagnosed at 22 months of age with a rare and dangerous form of cancer which produced a tumor on the back of his head. According to Health Impact News, Wendy “is a medical assistant by trade, and she went right to work learning everything that she needed to know in order to help take care of” Weston.
Following initial surgery came a year of intensive chemotherapy and radiation treatment, and Weston was declared to be cancer-free, against all the odds — his form of cancer has a less than 10 percent survival rate for children under the age of three.
After the radiation and chemo treatments, life began to return to something resembling normal for Wendy and Weston — she was able to return to her old job as a medical assistant, while her son continued receiving other treatment and therapy while attending daycare and a half-day program for kids with special needs.
The situation leading to the problem with the Child Protective authorities began one day in early November when Wendy was told by her daycare staff that Weston had some unexplained bruising in his diaper area. That morning, before sending Weston to the daycare center, Wendy noticed what appeared to be a case of diaper rash and applied a zinc oxide-based cream.
A few hours later, after being informed of the bruising, Wendy took Weston to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, having been previously told by doctors to report anything unusual, in light of Weston’s medical condition.
When Wendy arrived at the medical center, her normal oncologist was not on duty. A doctor who was not familiar with Weston’s case was assigned to the examination and, after seeing the bruises, told Wendy to take the child to the SCAN clinic for a second opinion.
What Wendy didn’t know was that the letters CAN in SCAN stand for “Child Abuse and Neglect.” She was also unaware that the agency has a reputation for being overeager in terms of accusing parents of child abuse.
From a report published by HealthImpactNews.com:
At the SCAN clinic, Weston was examined and photographed, and the police were called. Wendy was interrogated, and two days later, DCF showed up to seize temporary custody of Weston, alleging neglect and child abuse.
A police investigation resulted in no charges against Wendy, but according to the DCF, she is legally responsible for explaining the bruises. Neither Wendy nor the doctor who initially examined Weston can conclusively identify what caused the bruising, although there are several possible explanations:
There are a number of valid possible medical explanations for the bruising, and no one is being charged with any abuse of Weston. But still Wendy goes home every night, without her son, based on DCF’s allegation that it was her responsibility to know what happened to her medically fragile child.
One of the most tragic aspects of the story is the fact that Weston’s full recovery may very well depend on his environment and his sense of being loved and cared for by his own mother.
For Weston to be forcibly separated from his obviously competent mother at that age and in such a delicate condition seems an unconscionable aberration of justice and human decency.
Wendy is determined to fight for her and her son’s rights and has refused to take a plea bargain offered by the DCF.
Practices like these by Child Protective Service authorities have become all too common. State control over children and their parents is approaching that of a fascist society. It’s time we step into the fight by supporting people like Wendy in their efforts to regain their rights as parents.
Written by Daniel Barker
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