A vial of measles, mumps and rubella vaccine and an information sheet is seen at a hospital.
(photo credit: REUTERS/BRIAN SNYDER)
The Chandler Police Department in Arizona released body-camera footage this week after members of the department decided to force entry into a family home to remove a two-year-old child from the care of his parents late last month, after a doctor reported the couple to the authorities for negligence.
The police department showed up to perform a welfare check on a two-year-old boy who was suffering from a life-threatening fever according to the doctor's report. His parent's Sarah Beck and Brooks Bryce allegedly ignored the doctors request to take the child to the hospital, afraid it would be discovered the child is unvaccinated.
The Police initially requested the father to let the officers in to perform the check, however, the father refused claiming the child's fever had subsided. Moments later the police kicked in the door, in fear that the child's life was in imminent danger, and removed him and two other children from the couple's care.
“They treated us like criminals, busting in our door,” Bryce, told local media early last month. “I mean, I don’t know what kind of trauma that did to my kids.”
The doctor at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine initially recording the child with a fever surpassing 105 degrees. The clinic was unable to provide proper care to the young boy, who then referred the mother of the child to take the child to the hospital, fearing he had meningitis.
After purchasing a store-bought thermometer the mother took the child's temperature again, then phoned the clinic to alert them the child's fever dropped three degrees then even more later that night, according to police reports - explaining the child was "acting normal" and "dancing with his sisters in his car seat."
The doctor continued to urge the mother to bring the child to the emergency room to make sure the boy was getting better. However, reportedly she was still nervous about getting in trouble for the boy being unvaccinated, and chose never to do so. After hours of missed phone calls by the doctor, the physician notified the Arizona Department of Child Safety, who then notified the police, that the child's life was in danger.
Allegedly, when police arrived and requested the child be brought to the hospital, the father refused, not wanting to get stuck with the "three grand" hospital bill when he believed his child was in no imminent danger. After a second warning, the police forced entry into the home and brought the children to child services.
“We located the other two children in their bedroom which was covered in stains of unknown origin,” according to an officer listed in the police report. “The children advised us they had vomited several times in their beds and had stains around their mouths. One child told me that their ‘stomach hurt.’”
The three children are currently still in foster care.
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