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An 8-year-old Cleveland Heights boy was taken from his family and placed in foster care last month after county case workers said his mother wasn't doing enough to control his weight.
At more than 200 pounds, the third-grader is considered severely obese and at risk for developing such diseases as diabetes and hypertension.
But even though the state health department estimates more than 12 percent of third-graders statewide are severely o
In this case, Amata said, other than having a weight problem, the boy was a normal elementary school student who was on the honor roll and participated in school activities. Records show the child's only current medical problem, sleep apnea, is being treated and that he wears a machine nightly that helps and monitors his breathing.
The mother said that when she found out that other kids and a sibling might be giving her son extra food, she tried to put a stop to it and explain to him that he could eat only certain foods. She tried to follow the recommendations of the doctors, such as getting him a bike and encouraging him to get exercise.
"I think we would concede that some intervention is appropriate," Juvenile Public Defender Sam Amata said. "But what risk became imminent? When did it become an immediate problem?"
Children are ordinarily removed from their homes for physical abuse, neglect or undernourishment.
Amata said that in his decades as a public defender, he has seen children left in homes with parents who have severe drug problems or who have beaten their children, with the reasoning that there isn't an immediate danger to the child.
Originally posted by DeReK DaRkLy
As usual, government doesn't know its place and overreaches its authority.
Think about it this way:
If it were a kid with a bad liver, or needing a kidney transplant, for example, the government wouldn't be coming to take the kid away to get him the operation. If the kid had a brain tumor, the government wouldn't come take him away.
Most likely the boy looks so obese that people are simply appalled when they see him and think "Something must be done!"
Sorry, but you can't save every defective person on Earth - this is counter-productive to natural selection.
if the mother were giving her child alcohol that caused his liver problems then yes they would take the child.