After a multi-state search for a missing child, a 3-year-old boy battling cancer was found in Kentucky. Noah McAdams’ parents Taylor Bland Ball and Joshua McAdams fled the state with their son after refusing to continue with his life-saving cancer treatments. Naturally, individuals connected to the family and the naturopathic world are crying medical kidnapping.
On Monday, April 29, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s office issued a missing and endangered child report for 3-year-old Noah McAdams. Authorities stated the parents failed to bring Noah to a life-saving hospital procedure the previous week.
On April 22, Noah never arrived for a necessary medical procedure to treat his acute lymphoblastic leukemia. When he missed his appointment, Child Protective Services attempted to serve Taylor and Joshua with an emergency protective order to bring Noah to the hospital.
Unfortunately, CPS was unable to locate the family. Fearing they fled the state, they notified the police to find Noah. Due to the severity of ALL, the child was in critical need of medical care.
Only hours after issuing the bulletin, police in Georgetown, Kentucky located the family at a hotel. When they made contact with Noah, they took him to a local hospital to receive treatment. Also, the Hillsborough Sheriff’s Office said that child neglect charges against the parents are pending.
For weeks, Taylor Bland-Ball updated friends and family about Noah’s health. Reluctantly, she admitted to allowing Noah to undergo two rounds of chemotherapy only to avoid CPS removing him from her custody. After he completed two series of chemo, the mother announced on Facebook that her son was cancer free.
Instead of finishing chemo, Bland-Ball planned to use natural remedies to keep her son in remission. For example, her treatments included grapefruit, juice, vitamin b17, apricot seeds, colloidal silver, comfrey salve, vitamin D, vitamin C, and comfrey salve.
As news spread through the natural world of crunchy, anti-vaxxing parents on Facebook, people started accusing the police of medically kidnapping Noah from his parents.
On a Florida NBC Affiliate, people began spamming an article about the family. Joshua McAdams belongs to the “Sovereign Citizen” world and believes the laws of the land do not apply to him. As a result, other sovereign citizens, anti-medicine, and anti-vaccine parents showed up to spread their conspiracies.
As conspiracies swirled, a fundraiser was started to help the family fight the “system.” Florida Freedom Alliance, an organization that says, “The organization is rooted in the belief that the people call the shots and the government works for us. We demand transparency and truth,” started a fundraiser for the family.
According to the site, the county is forcing Noah to undergo “toxic” chemotherapy,
“Early this month Noah was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at John Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. After 2 rounds of chemotherapy along with dietary intervention, vitamin and herbal supplementation, Noah and his parents celebrated that his cancer was no longer being detected.
Due to the laws in the US children 18 and under are required to undergo the full recommended treatment plan of the pediatric oncologist regardless of the progress or desire for alternative opinions or treatments. Yes, children are being forced to continue undergoing toxic treatments even when their bodies are free of any cancer.
Noah’s mother is passionate about natural health and aware of the dangers of pharmaceutical interventions, especially if not necessary. Their desire to seek alternative care resulted in medical kidnapping orchestrated by Child Protective Services.
Cases like Noah’s are not uncommon. The laws in this country surrounding pediatric cancer treatment are unconstitutional and violate not only the fundamental freedoms of the child, but the inalienable rights of the parents. The government has no place mandated medical intervention and this gross overreach of power should incense every citizen of this country. Help Noah and his family fight for medical freedom by making a donation below.”
While everyone in the crunchy, anti-government world cries medical kidnapping, Noah is safe from his parent’s terrible decisions. The Freedom Alliance is correct that laws in the United States protect children and their rights from receiving necessary medical treatment.
Parents cannot refuse treatment for a child that is suffering from a life-threatening disease. In Noah’s case, he needs additional cancer treatment to remove all cancer cells from his body. Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia is an aggressive disease that can lead to death within months if not properly treated.
Due to the laws in the United States, Noah is not the property of parents. His parents cannot deny him medical care based on their beliefs that cancer treatments are toxic.
Additionally, the choices Bland-Ball made for her son are toxic in their own right. Apricot seeds breakdown into cyanide in the body. She planned to kill his cancer with the seeds. Cyanide is a dangerous chemical that is toxic to the system and can lead to death. In fact, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration lists Apricot Kernels in their Poisonous Plant Databases.
Under Florida law, children must receive medicine and medical services that are essential for the well-being and life of the child. Because Taylor and Joshua denied Noah necessary chemotherapy and fled the state, they are facing child neglect charges.
In Florida, child neglect is punished based on the severity of the crime. Depending on the charges, the couple is facing 5-15 years in prison for neglecting Noah’s care.
Obviously, medical kidnapping did not occur in the case of Noah. Instead, the law protected Noah from his parent’s attempt to treat him “naturally.” Thus law enforcement saved Noah’s life by intervening and removing Noah from his parents.
If convicted of the charges against them, the parents will have years to think about their choices behind bars.
Hopefully, Noah will receive the cancer treatments he needs and find caregivers that provide him the best chance at a long and healthy life.
*Katie Joy is a columnist and hosts Without A Crystal Ball on Patheos Non-Religious Channel. She writes articles on parenting, disability advocacy, debunking pseudoscience, atheism, and crimes against women and children.
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