The scene looks like something from the middle of the night raid drug. Pistols depicted police tactical vests beige ranch house surrounded by an anonymous department. With a single pin decisive one busts down door. "Come out with your hands up!" The officer shouts and blinding flashlight beams begin to sweep the room.
But the police in Chandler, Ariz., I do not searching for illicit drug discovery, when they & # 39 appeared in a modest house in suburban Phoenix on February 25 Instead, they are looking for 2-year-old who came down with a dangerously high temperature. The boy's mother, Sarah Beck, allegedly ignored orders to doctors and refused to take him to the emergency room, fearing that she would get in trouble, because he had not been vaccinated. If officials do check the well-being manifested hours later, the child's father refused to let them in, saying that everything was fine, and the fever has passed. In the end, the police decided to take matters into their own hands.
"They treated us like criminals, destroying our doors," said Brooks Bryce, father of small KPNX last month. "I mean, I do not know what kind of injury that he has done for my children."
On Thursday, authorities released camera footage of the incident body and explained that they decided to "make a record," because the health of a 2-year old child and well-being at risk, and he needs urgent medical attention. But critics argue that the parents were within their rights to determine that expensive hospital visit was not necessary, and that a dramatic late night raid may have caused irreparable damage to their three young children. More than a month later, all three children are still in foster Seven & # 39; pits, according to the Arizona Republic. Bryce and Beck are now fighting to get them back.
"We love our children, we love them," said Beck KPHO. "When our children were in need of assistance, we would absolutely help them."
Complex saga began with the burning fever. At about 5 pm on February 25, Beck brought his son to the Southwest College of Naturopathic Clinic, say police reports. The doctor there wrote the boy's temperature and found that it was higher than 105 degrees. After consultation with staff at two hospitals in the area, the doctor told Beck that since her son showed possible signs of a life-threatening illness, she was not able to check into the clinic, the mother should bring the baby to the emergency room as quickly as possible. (Attorney said in a court session earlier this month that the doctor was afraid that the 2-year-old had meningitis, according to the Republic).
Beck initially refused, according to a police report. She told naturopathic doctor that she was afraid that the hospital will report it to the Arizona Department of Child Safety for to vaccinate your child, and that her husband, who was in favor of vaccination, will upset the situation. (In fact, Arizona parents can refuse vaccination for personal, religious or medical reasons.) After being assured that it did not denounce the authorities, she relented. In the clinic, the doctor sent them to the nearest children's hospital, and called immediate assistance and asked them to let her know when Beck & # 39; was.
She never did. Instead, around 6:30 pm, Beck again rang the hospital and said that she bought a thermometer on the way home, and he showed that the temperature dropped her son, according to a police report. She later told KPHO, that her son had been "operating normally" and "dancing with his sisters in his car seat" after they left the hospital, and that his temperature had dropped to 102. When they returned home, he fell even more, Beck He said.
The doctor told Beck that it must still go to the emergency room to make sure that the boy is recovering, according to a police report. Beck reportedly said that she was nervous, and asked if she could lie about her son vaccinated. The doctor told her that she could not, and warned her that she would have to report it to the authorities if she did not take her son to the hospital or urgent care clinic in the near future.
A few hours after Beck stopped returning her calls, the doctor called the Arizona Department of children's safety, saying that she called many hospitals, but could not find something & # 39; S. Agency contacted Chandler Police Department and asked police to check the well-being. By the time it was almost 10:30 pm
When the officers came and started banging on the door, they could hear the children cough inside. No one answered. Bryce told the police on the phone, but do not miss them, saying Fever 2-year-old had broken, and everything was in order, according to a police report. He asked them to leave. When they told him that they were legally obliged to check on the child, Bryce hung up.
About an hour later, the DCS received a court order to allow them to temporarily take custody of the 2-year-old child for emergency medical assistance. Shortly before midnight, the staff again asked Bryce, to talk to them on the street. He reportedly told them that he would not have to take your child to the hospital, and wind the bill "three giants". The police gave another warning, and then busted down the door just before 1:30 am
Inside they found two more children between the ages of 6 and 4. In its report, the authorities wrote that the house was a mess, a pile of clothes that were scattered across the floor. In the parents' bedroom, police found a gun next to the bed. Bryce later told KPHO, the gun does not work.
"We are in the other two children in their bedroom, which was covered in stains of unknown origin," wrote one officer. "Children have advised us they have vomited several times in their beds and had stains around their mouths. One child told me that their "stomach ache". All three children were taken to hospital and then placed in a foster family & # 39; S. According to the Republic, 2-year-old was eventually diagnosed with a respiratory virus. The other children do not seem to have any suras & # 39; serious medical problems.
Nicholas of Boca, a lawyer representing the child's mother in the trial of the juvenile, told The Washington Post, that the police were "completely justified" in their use of force. "They have their weapons drawn, and they havoc in the house with three sleeping children," he said. "It's ridiculous."
From the point of view of your customer, of Boca he added that he never had the need for emergency medical care. He noted that the clock had passed before the doctor contacted the DCS. "If it was such a pressing emergency, why did not the doctor put the baby in an ice bath?" He asked. "Why not a doctor at the child directly transported to the emergency room?"
Both Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, and clinical doctors still comment on the incident. Darren DaRonco, Arizona DCS state representative, said in a statement in conjunction with the Post that the agency can not discuss individual cases because of privacy laws, but noted that state law allows the police to assist the officials of child welfare "use reasonable force "enters the building.
According Patheos, online outlet cover of religion, children removed from their parents' home led to viral conspiracy theory, which quickly spread to the anti-vaccination Facebook group claiming that unvaccinated children have been "stolen" by the authorities. "Almost immediately, the debate broke out that Arizona DCS was kidnapped unvaccinated children to sell them in foster Seven & # 39; ads," reports the site. "Many have said that unvaccinated children are very much in demand because they are incredibly healthy. Some discussed Arizona & # 39; kidnapping cartel ".
Although obviously not true, these rumors seem to have brought more criticism to the point. Arizona State Rep. Kelly Townsend, who earlier this month said that the mandatory measles shots were "communist," said the country has been brought to its attention "that these parents may have been the target of the medical community, because they are not vaccinated their children."
After sitting in on a juvenile court hearing something & # 39; and this month, Townsend expressed concern that children were permanently traumatized separated and placed in a foster family & # 39; th after the police broke down the doors and put their father in handcuffs . On Facebook, she described the episode as "a complete miscarriage of justice and shame in Arizona," and urged the children to be returned immediately. Speaking in the country, she compared the actions of the officials that the Gestapo.
When contacted The Post on Thursday night, Townsend was a bit reserved, saying that she knew about the doctor's point of view, better safe than sorry. The situation could have been different if the parents opened the door and spoke to the police, she admitted. Nevertheless, Townsend said she can easily understand the decision to hold off on a road trip to the emergency room, provided that the child no longer had a fever. The case raises serious questions about the rights of parents to make decisions about their children care, she added.
"Or & # 39 is a physician authority figure that you have to listen, or they risk losing their things & # 39;? Th" she asked.
– The Washington Post