***Update Authorities located the family in Georgetown, Kentucky. Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office says Noah was ok but in need of medical care. Authorities say the boy is now receiving treatment.
Florida police state the couple is facing charges of child neglect. Those charges are pending their return to the state.
A Florida couple is on the run after failing to bring their three-year-old son to a necessary hospital appointment to treat his cancer. Taylor Bland and Joshua McAdams have kidnapped their son to avoid cancer treatments. Noah is battling an acute form of leukemia and in desperate need of life-saving medicine.
According to a press release by Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, Taylor Bland and Joshua McAdams failed to take their son Noah to a necessary hospital procedure on April 22, 2019. Additionally, they have refused to follow-up on essential life-saving medical care for their son.
Taylor Bland is well-known in the free birth world. She runs “Holistically Empowered Rebel Birth Keepers Academy of Learning.” The “school” teaches women how to give birth without any medical assistance. Additionally, they train women to attend unassisted births as “Birth Keepers.”
Birth Keepers are similar to a doula in that they offer support to the mother. However, they exist only in the radical free birth world where a woman delivers babies without any medical assistance or prenatal care.
She founded the school along with her friend Desirae in the fall of 2018. However, she announced her departure from the company after her son Noah was diagnosed with Leukemia.
On Social Media, Taylor has shared her journey of treating Noah’s leukemia with natural remedies. She announced her son’s leukemia diagnosis on Facebook in early April.
“He’s been diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL).”
Bland noted in another post that Noah received two rounds of chemotherapy. However, she had no plans to continue with allopathic treatments.
Instead, she planned to treat his cancer with colloidal silver, grapefruit, a juice diet, Vitamin b17, cyanide from apricot seeds, mushrooms, alkaline diet, rosemary, herbal extracts, vitamin C and collagen.
In her post, she acknowledged that Noah underwent two rounds of chemotherapy because doctors can obtain medical court orders if parents refuse.
According to the National Cancer Institute, childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (also called ALL or acute lymphocytic leukemia) is a cancer of the blood and bone marrow. If left untreated, ALL can get worse extremely fast.According to the American Cancer Society, children with ALL can expect to undergo 2-3 years of treatment to become cancer free. Children go through multiple phases of chemo, bone-marrow transplants, radiation, and drugs to remove all cancer cells from the body.
Around 80% of children diagnosed with ALL will live beyond five years.
As noted, ALL is extremely aggressive if left untreated. In a recent photo shared by Taylor on Facebook, Noah had noticeable bruises on his face. She acknowledged his bruising was the result of low platelets. However, Bland had no intention of treating his cancer with additional chemotherapy.
Medical care is imperative for Noah to survive and beat cancer. Without additional medical interventions, he will die from ALL.
Police are asking all people to be on the lookout for Noah, Taylor, and Joshua. They are driving north from Tampa, Florida to Kentucky.
“The parents have possible criminal child neglect charges pending. Please use caution as the father is potentially armed. Information is that the child is possibly headed to Kentucky. Anyone traveling the I75/I95 corridor is asked to look out for the boy, his parents and the car.
They are believed to be in, a silver 2016 Mazda CX-5, tag, FL DERX82. If you have seen this child or this child’s parents, call 813-247-8200 IMMEDIATELY.”
Additionally, Hillsborough police released the following descriptions:
The child is Joshua Mcadams;
3 years old, White, Male.
Height: 3′ 00″
Weight: 30 lbs
Brown hair and brown eyes
Traveling with his parents:
Taylor Bland-Ball, DOB 06/14/1996, White Female, 5’06”, 125 lbs with Blue eyes and Brown hair.
Joshua Mcadams, DOB 12/02/1991, White Male, 5’09”, 155lbs with black hair and brown eyes.
Finally, Police consider Joshua armed and dangerous.
Please help police find Noah and ensure that Noah survives. ALL is an extremely aggressive form of cancer and every single minute counts.
*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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