The ACLU of Pennsylvania
filed a civil rights lawsuit on behalf of a couple whose
newborn baby was kidnapped by Lawrence County Children and Youth
Services (LCCYS) because her mother recklessly consumed an
"everything" bagel from Dunkin' Donuts the day before the birth.
Jameson Hospital, where Isabella Rodriguez was born on April 27,
has a policy of testing expectant mothers' urine for illegal drugs
and reporting positive results to LCCYS, even without any
additional evidence that the baby is in danger of neglect or abuse.
LCCYS, in turn, has a policy of seizing such babies from their
homes based on nothing more than the test result. Unfortunately for
Isabella's parents, Elizabeth Mort and Alex Rodriguez, Jameson sets
the cutoff level for its opiate test so low that it can be
triggered by poppy seeds, which is why two caseworkers and two
Neshannock Township police officers visited their home the day
after baby and mother returned from the hospital. LCCYS seized the
three-day-old girl and put her in foster care for five days before
conceding it had made a mistake.
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