Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Government Overreach in what is Becoming a Nanny State: State of Ohio Takes 200-Pound Child Away From Mother

From the Associated Press:

An Ohio third-grader who weighs more than 200 pounds has been taken from his family and placed into foster care after county social workers said his mother wasn't doing enough to control his weight.
The Plain Dealer reports ( ) that theCleveland 8-year-old is considered severely obese and at risk for such diseases as diabetes and hypertension.
The case is the first state officials can recall of a child being put in foster care strictly for a weight-related issue.
Lawyers for the mother say the county overreached when authorities took the boy last week. They say the medical problems he is at risk for do not yet pose an imminent danger.
A spokeswoman says the county removed the child because caseworkers saw his mother's inability to reduce his weight as medical neglect.

The mother was working with the State to reduce her child's weight.  The foster family is having similar problems the mother was having, with others sneaking him food.  But beyond all this how is being overweight considered neglect or medical neglect?  Was "medical neglect" recently added so as to give the State another excuse reason to intervene where the State has no business doing so?  And who decides what qualifies as "medical neglect"?  Both the mother and her child obviously need some type of assistance and/or counseling but IMO taking away the child harms the child more than keeping the child with his mother.  This is government interventionism run amok.  We need to put the kabosh on the government overreaching into our private lives.  


Quite Rightly said...

I read that the foster parent is having trouble getting the child to all his state-mandated appointments.

Does this mean the state will take the child from the foster parent? Somehow I doubt it.

Most Rev. Gregori said...

And the beat goes on. The government just keeps eating away at our Constitutional rights and freedoms. Every Communist society that ever was, has claimed the children belong to the government. Are we any different now?

Today we just lost another of our rights. The Senate voted to do away with Habeas Corpus: the right to trial.

In a bill drawn up in secret by Sen. John McCain and Sen. Carl Levin, and endorsed by Lindsy Graham, they have declared the entire United States of America as a military battle field, where individuals — American citizens and non-citizens alike — are subject to arrest and indefinite detention by the U.S. Military (Army) on orders of the President without the right to step into a courtroom.

This was Senate Bill S 1867.

Doom said...

Someone needs to countersue against these things. Simply put, when children are taken "care of" by the state they are in greater and imminent danger. Statistics would show that. My guess is most courts would ignore the proof, at least until it went on up. No, I even have doubts about the Supreme Court. Most courts are statist, liberal of "conservative". *shrug*

Lynn Benoit said...

It is terrifying that the government zooms in and takes a child from his mother for reasons more and more wispy.

The tyranny just keeps on growing in this country.

WomanHonorThyself said...

indeed but they will never go near any jeeehadi children being indoctrinated to blow us up will they! .Keep the faith~ my friend:)

Woodsterman (Odie) said...

Hillary's Village will take care of all of our needs. I'm being patient and waiting for my "stuff and orders".

Daft Roustabout said...

You guys are idiots. What if the child goes to 400lbs? That child is experiencing abuse and you guys don't even know it. The kid is 200lbs!!