Michigan CPS Takes Newborn From Mother In Hospital For A Dirty Diaper
Michigan CPS removed a 5 day old newborn from its mother for ‘alleged neglect’ for not changing a soiled diaper while they were both still in the hospital.
The hospital had told her that her son had to stay swaddled at all times because his temperature was dropping, so the diaper did not get changed immediately.
She was in fear if she took that off, his temperature was going to drop.
Two months later, the family still doesn’t know what it will take to get him home.
WILX Michigan reports:
“The family feels like the agency is targeting them for reasons they say they can’t control. A misunderstanding involving a mother with special needs and a premature baby, Ethan.
“I feel really bad that Ethan got taken from me,” said Kim Hawkins, the boy’s mom.
The family is frustrated with the situation.
“I feel they are labeling her without even knowing who she is, or what she’s about,” said Nelly Nell, grandfather of baby Ethan.
Kim Hawkins gave birth to her son Ethan Xavier Hawkins-Sieger on Oct. 14, and five days later, he was taken by CPS.
The grandfather said the agency told them it was for alleged neglect for not changing a soiled diaper while they were both still in the hospital.
The grandfather told us:
“What they’re not saying fully is my daughter has a disability and, when she is told by someone with a profession, she listens. And he told her that her son had to stay swaddled at all times because his temperature was dropping,”
Nell said. “That’s why she didn’t change his diaper; she was in fear if she took that off, his temperature was going to drop.”
After Hawkins was discharged, Ethan was placed in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. News 10 was given hospital records from the family, showing that Ethan had a low APGAR score, which is common for premature babies.
The score comes from testing of the newborn’s heart rate, muscle tone, and other concerns. Ethan was three weeks premature.
However, Ethan was otherwise seemingly healthy. The records state a normal range of motions, no rashes or lesions.”
The story seems to be similar to one I wrote last year :
Oregon CPS Took Children Away From Parents For Low IQ! It seems that, like Oregon, Michigan CPS really has an issue with the disabilities of this mother than it does a dirty diaper. That is a real slippery slope.
A couple in Redmond, Oregon fought for four years to get the state’s DHS to give them their two children back. They had been taken because the state felt that the parents were not smart enough to raise their own children. No abuse had been alleged
Ziegler and his partner, Amy Fabbrini, both have below-average IQs. 72 and 66, respectively.
In January, four years after their children were first placed into foster care, a county judge finally determined that they can parent both their boys.
The boys have spent nearly their entire lives in foster care. It was entirely based on the state’s concerns that Fabbrini and Ziegler were intellectually incapable of caring for their children.
What a slippery slope. CPS is out of control in many places!