CPS takes custody of 4-month-old at UMC, parents call it 'medical kidnapping'
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A Monahans woman is doing everything she can to get her child back after she says Child Protective Services took her daughter without a full investigation. She says CPS took her baby girl from her while in a Lubbock hospital, a term she and many other internet bloggers are calling "medical kidnap."
The woman says this all started when she asked for a second opinion on the procedures and formulas being used. At that point she says doctors began saying she was being quote "difficult" and was neglecting her child's medical needs.
"They had no proof that I was neglecting my child, that I wasn't giving medications," said baby Kathryn's mother Lorie Blalock.
Baby Kathryn was born with a rare genetic condition called Pierre Robin Sequence that caused her to have a cleft soft pallet. Now four months old, Katherine has been in the hospital almost her entire life.
"If I wasn't going to care for my daughter I would have never taken her to the hospital to begin with," said Blalock.
Blalock says she refused to give her child formula preferring organic milk instead because she was concerned about the chemicals used. Then, after been poked and prodded with multiple spinal taps that resulted in no definitive answers, she spoke up and asked for a second opinion.
"If we don't speak up for our kids, who will? I don't feel that that's neglect, or hindering what a doctor is trying to do to help your child by looking for the best option before making a decision," said Blalock.
Doctors eventually contacted CPS stating that Lorie was medically neglecting her child and is unable to provide her medical needs. CPS tells CBS 7 that Kathryn was removed because her Mom was unable to provide adequate medical care. CPS also says that Kathryn's mom and the dad continued to provide information that contradicts diagnosis and recommendations regarding her medical conditions resulting in concerns regarding their understanding of her medical diagnosis, treatment plans, and physician's recommendations, as well as their ability or willingness to follow these recommendations.
"But I was giving those meds correctly, and I have witnesses and even showed them how I gave the meds, which is the exact way the hospital showed me," said Blalock.
For now Blalock says she has been told by CPS that she can have Kathryn in her custody by Christmas, but until then she will do whatever it takes to get her baby girl back.
"I'm willing to take any counseling, anything they want me to do to prove that I'm a good parent, that I can take care of my child, that I have the knowledge to take care of my child, but I'm never going to admit to something I didn't do," said Blalock.
Blalock has started a Facebook page called "Bring Baby Kathryn Home," there she also has started a petition to send to CPS.