Alex and Anna Nikolayev, who live in Sacramento, have a five month old baby boy, Sammy. Sammy has a heart murmur, which was being treated through regular visits to Sutter Memorial Hospital.
One day, they took him to see the doctor for flu-like symptoms. The nurse gave Sammy antibiotics. When questioned by the parents, the nurse couldn’t say why she was giving the baby the antibiotics. When Mr. and Mrs. Nikolayev talked to the doctor, he said Sammy shouldn’t have been given the medicine.
Later, doctors recommended performing heart surgery on the baby. Anna and Alex, already uncomfortable with the care Sammy was receiving at Sutter, wanted to get a second opinion first. The doctors didn’t appreciate being questioned by a patient.
Without a discharge, Mr. and Mrs. Nikolayev took Sammy to Kaiser, where he was examined by a doctor. The doctor said Sammy did not need surgery, and could go home with his parents. Police officers came to Kaiser, but when they heard the doctor’s verdict, they left the family alone.
Apparently that wasn’t good enough for Child Protective Services. They, aided by police officers, assaulted Mr. Nikolayev, forcibly gained entry to the house, and kidnapped Sammy. CPS claims Sammy was taken from his parents because of “severe neglect.”
How has Sammy been neglected? His parents, clearly concerned for his health, have provided competent medical care for their child. Their only “crime” was leaving Sutter for Kaiser.
Who notified CPS? Obviously, a Sutter employee, probably the doctor who was miffed over the Nikolayev’s lack of trust in him or her.
As petty and childish as such behavior is, that isn’t the main issue.
The main issue is Child Protective Services using force to kidnap a well-cared for child. They didn’t bother to investigate – they relied solely upon the report from Sutter Memorial. They didn’t even talk reasonably with the parents. They skipped right to using brute force.
Parents rights no longer exist. You only have your children until the government decides they know better than you how to care for them.
The Nikolayevs are waiting to hear from a judge on whether or not they will get their son back. They have to prove to a government official that they can care for their son, when CPS had no reasonable cause to take Sammy in the first place. (The hearing took place this morning.)
Their story has also been featured in Russian and German news. The consul general in San Francisco representing Russia attended the hearing as well.
If we make Russia look good, it is well past time to examine the direction our country is heading.