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Baby Removed From Parents After Getting Second Opinion

Posted by on Apr. 26, 2013 at 9:09 PM
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SACRAMENTO, CA - A Sacramento family was torn apart after a 5-month-old baby boy was taken from his parents following a visit to the doctor.

The young couple thought their problems were behind them after their son had a scare at the hospital, but once they got home their problems got even worse.

It all began nearly two weeks ago, when Anna Nikolayev and her husband Alex took their 5-month-old boy Sammy to Sutter Memorial Hospital to be treated for flu symptoms, but they didn't like the care Sammy was getting.

For example, one day Anna asked why a nurse was giving her son antibiotics.

"I asked her, for what is that? And she's like, 'I don't know.' I'm like, 'you're working as a nurse, and you don't even know what to give to my baby for what,'" Anna explained.

According to Anna, a doctor later said Sammy shouldn't have been on the antibiotics.

Anna said Sammy suffers from a heart murmur and had been seeing a doctor at Sutter for regular treatment since he was born. After Sammy was treated for flu symptoms last week, doctors at Sutter admitted him to the pediatric ICU to monitor his condition. After a few days, Anna said doctors began talking about heart surgery.

"If we got the one mistake after another, I don't want to have my baby have surgery in the hospital where I don't feel safe," Anna said.

Anna argued with doctors about getting a second opinion. Without a proper discharge, she finally took Sammy out of the hospital to get a second opinion at Kaiser Permanente.

"The police showed up there. They saw that the baby was fine," Anna said. "They told us that Sutter was telling them so much bad stuff that they thought that this baby is dying on our arms."

Medical records from the doctor treating Sammy at Kaiser Permanente said the baby as clinically safe to go home with his parents. The doctor added, "I do not have concern for the safety of the child at home with his parents."

"So police saw the report from the doctors, said, 'okay guys, you have a good day,' and they walked away," Anna said.

Anna said the next day police and child protective services showed up on her doorstep. Alex Nikolayev said he met them outside a short time after they arrived.

"I was pushed against the building, smacked down. I said, 'am I being placed under arrest?' He smacked me down onto the ground, yelled out, 'I think I got the keys to the house,'" Alex said.

Then police let themselves inside.

On home video shot with a camera Anna set up herself, police can be seen entering her front door on Wednesday.

"I'm going to grab your baby, and don't resist, and don't fight me ok?" a Sacramento police officer said in the video.

"He's like, 'okay let your son go,' so I had to let him go, and he grabbed my arm, so I couldn't take Sammy. And they took Sammy, and they just walked away," Anna said.

When News10 spoke with police, they said talk to CPS; CPS did not say much about the case. Just before 6 p.m. Thursday, Anna said that a CPS social worker told her, the reason they took Sammy is because of severe neglect; however, the social worker didn't elaborate on that neglect.

Sutter Memorial was asked to comment on the story, but the hospital said the case was with CPS and law enforcement and they would have to comment on the case. CPS said they can't specifically comment on this case because of privacy law, but CPS spokesperson Laura McCasland said, "We conduct a risk assessment of the child's safety and rely heavily on the direction of health care providers."

"It seems like parents have no right whatsoever," Alex said.

On Thursday, Anna and Alex were allowed a one hour visitation with Sammy; he's currently in protective custody at Sutter Memorial Hospital.

"His smile, it's everything for me," Anna said. "I was so happy to see him."

Anna and Alex have a court hearing scheduled for Monday.

"We did everything," Anna said. "We went from one hospital to another. We just wanted to be safe, that he is in good hands."

http://www.news10.net/news/article/242734/2/Sacramento-couple-fights-to-get-their-baby-boy-back-from-authorities
by on Apr. 26, 2013 at 9:09 PM
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kcangel63
by Amanda on Apr. 26, 2013 at 9:12 PM
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If you want to help this family, it will just take one minute to call Vicky Dean at 916-875-2000 and say, "Bring five month old Sammy home to his parents Anna and Alex, before Monday!"

That is all you have to say! They have gotten a couple of calls already and were familiar with the case already.

You can also email them at cpsinternetinfo@saccounty.net. Please, share this around!!! It is soooo important that parents who want the best care for their children not be punished by spiteful providers!
blues_pagan
by on Apr. 26, 2013 at 9:26 PM

Wow, this is horrible and wrong on so many levels.  I will definitely email the people and tell them to return that child to his parents!

blues_pagan
by on Apr. 26, 2013 at 9:28 PM
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calling now...and left a message giving my name and the message that this is wrong and he needs to be returned (well more than just that but that is the basic idea).

kcangel63
by Amanda on Apr. 26, 2013 at 9:31 PM
It's just sad. The other doctors were fine. The original police were fine. Why remove this baby?

I hope if this is the entirety of the story, their baby comes home, and they sue the ever living crap out of everyone involved.


Quoting blues_pagan:

Wow, this is horrible and wrong on so many levels.  I will definitely email the people and tell them to return that child to his parents!

moongemini
by on Apr. 26, 2013 at 9:33 PM
That is bull shit and you bet your sweet ass they will be hearing from me!!!
TheMommaJessie
by on Apr. 26, 2013 at 9:40 PM

i had something similar happen to me. my son was not taken because I threatend CPS with a law suit of falsely taking a child. my ds was 2 1/2 months preemie. from the time he was born i fought with the hospital to get correct inforrmation about his condition to them putting incorrect information about me in his chart. at 2 months old he comes home, they cal saying he needs his eyes checked i said i am not taking him to ya'll he is ggoing some where else. a day after i told them that CPS was on my door saying they were told i was refusing my child medical care & threatend BOTH times they came out (2 days in a row) that they would take him if i didnt make an appointment in their presence. they backed off after i said the hospital that called u is full of shit & if you take my kid you will have a law suit on your hands. found out later that particular hospital does that 2 almost everyone. nevertaking my children there ever.

kcangel63
by Amanda on Apr. 26, 2013 at 9:53 PM
How scary! I'm so glad you were able to keep them away from your baby!

Quoting TheMommaJessie:

i had something similar happen to me. my son was not taken because I threatend CPS with a law suit of falsely taking a child. my ds was 2 1/2 months preemie. from the time he was born i fought with the hospital to get correct inforrmation about his condition to them putting incorrect information about me in his chart. at 2 months old he comes home, they cal saying he needs his eyes checked i said i am not taking him to ya'll he is ggoing some where else. a day after i told them that CPS was on my door saying they were told i was refusing my child medical care & threatend BOTH times they came out (2 days in a row) that they would take him if i didnt make an appointment in their presence. they backed off after i said the hospital that called u is full of shit & if you take my kid you will have a law suit on your hands. found out later that particular hospital does that 2 almost everyone. nevertaking my children there ever.

SallyMJ
by Ruby Member on Apr. 26, 2013 at 10:16 PM
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That is bizarre - the police take their baby, and don't even give them a reasonable answer.

I would (1) hire a lawyer, (2) get a copy of their medical record from Kaiser, (3) contact the news media - which it seems they have done - at least one, anyway.

kcangel63
by Amanda on Apr. 26, 2013 at 10:41 PM
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Oh yes. Lawyer would be #1 on my list.

Quoting SallyMJ:

That is bizarre - the police take their baby, and don't even give them a reasonable answer.

I would (1) hire a lawyer, (2) get a copy of their medical record from Kaiser, (3) contact the news media - which it seems they have done - at least one, anyway.

JanuaryBaby06
by Gold Member on Apr. 27, 2013 at 1:05 AM
Wow this is scary. I wonder what the CPS has written down, what the Hospital really said and who exactly said it. Was he seeing his normal Peditician at the time?
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