A Sacramento court has ruled for the return of a baby who had been forcefully taken from his parents by police and child protective services without a warrant on April 24, according to a Russian consulate spokesperson’s statement.
The five-month-old child had been temporarily taken from his family after his parents – a Californian couple – were involved in an argument with doctors over the course of his treatment following a medical check-up they took him to after he began exhibiting signs of flu.
Sammy Nikolaev has been in protective custody since April 24, when the police and Child Protective Services (CPS) had forced their way into the Nikolaevs’ California apartment after the family took the child from the hospital without proper discharge.
The CPS claimed the boy had suffered “severe neglect” at the hands of his parents.
“After five hours of deliberation and analysis of factual information presented by both sides, the judge decided to dismiss all charges against the parents”, the Russian Consul in San Francisco, Evgeny Avdoshin, told RIA Novosti.
“In line with the verdict, the baby will remain with his parents”, he added.
Avdoshin also said that the US court has fully respected the rights of Aleksandr Nikolaev – a Russian citizen – as a parent and that everything was according to proper procedure.
Yet just a few days ago, a completely different picture of distrust and accusations was being painted.