Washington State Child Protective Services took newborn twins away from their mother days after she delivered them inside her home. The couple's attorney is calling the seizure "unlawful, unconscionable, and inexcusable," according to King 5.
The report states that Erica May Carey and Cleave Rengo take a holistic approach to their family's health care and decided on home delivery. Soon after Carey delivered fraternal twins, paramedics showed up to their home after an anonymous tip of the birth. The medics wanted to take the babies to the hospital to be checked. The couple refused, fearing exposure of their fragile immune systems.
The next day, CPS came knocking. The report describes officers observing the couple's 10-month-old son being treated for eczema with herbal remedies and insisted they switch to steroid creams. Once again, the couple refused.
"They wanted the authority in my household," said the father. "I told them, 'I'm a Christian and God gave me the authority in my household."
Within days of their refusal to switch to the suggested medications, CPS decided to take all three children into custody. On Tuesday, the couple's attorney filed a petition against CPS.
Carey and Rengo currently see their children only once a week. They report missing their oldest son's first birthday and say he is also suffering from pneumonia while in state custody. The mother told King 5:
Every time it's like torment to my soul when they pull them away from my breasts. Those are my babies. They're our children. They have no right to them.
CPS is defending its actions by showing record of a domestic violence notice that happened prior to the children's birth, but according to King 5, the petition states that there is no evidence of "clear and present danger."
CPS sent the following statement to the news outlet:
Due to confidentiality, we cannot discuss details, except to say that a court determined a child's safety required removal from the home.
No policy of Children's Administration would allow a child to be taken due to a home birth. A home birth is not in any way a child safety risk factor in the view of Children's Administration.
Watch the news report below: