Florida Parents Lose Unsupervised Visitation with Son Fighting Cancer

Florida Parents Lose Unsupervised Visitation with Son Fighting Cancer June 8, 2019


The mother at the center of a court battle regarding her son’s treatment for leukemia says the court has reduced her access to her son. Taylor Bland updated her legion of fans on Facebook to announce the decision of the court to add more restrictions to her visitation with her son Noah.

According to a Facebook update posted by Taylor Bland on June 7, she is only allowed to see her son for two hours a week with supervision. In May, the court discussed the option of expanding her visitation and allowing her unsupervised time with her son. However, a month later, CPS and the court have determined that Noah is safer outside of his mother’s watchful eye.

“Here’s a funny joke to start your morning:

When I graduated high school in 2013, at 16 years old (almost 17), I wrote as my goal for the future:

“I want to be a pediatric oncologist.”

Instead, I worked three jobs, pursued a biology degree for about a year, then felt maybe a different path was meant for me. I became a police dispatcher and 911 call taker, I became a mom, then I became a birth worker and there I stand today.

How different this case would be now, how different I would be now, and how I may be perceived with more respect and an “expert” had I pursued that option. I could have saved Noah’s life and still had him in my custody, possibly.

Now we get to just see him two hours a week, and he’s been out of our custody for 38 days.

Our next hearing is the 12th.


After posting the update, Bland’s Facebook began filling up with comments of concern and sadness by the thousands of followers she’s gained since her story went international in May. Many asked her about the changes by the court.

Taylor admitted the change was made after she says she food “blood in her son’s stool” during chemotherapy treatment. She explained that until she found the “blood” she had unlimited visitation with her son.

Additionally, Taylor disclosed that the CPS filed a motion in court to remove her partner Joshua McAdams’ visitation altogether. Taylor asserts that the court and CPS “don’t like” McAdams and are looking for reasons to keep him from Noah.

CPS and the court may have good reason to be fearful of McAdams. He has made threats in interviews about holding the judge and police accountable for their role in Noah’s removal. Also, court records show an arrest for domestic violence against McAdams for throwing a bottle at Bland which hit Noah in the face. He was ordered to complete domestic violence courses by the court and the case was dismissed. McAdams considers himself a “sovereign citizen” and is an avid gun owner.

With the court working to strip the couple’s access to Noah, Taylor continues to deny the neglect that contributed to Noah’s removal. When doctors admitted Noah to the hospital in April,

Multiple people connected to the family say that doctors were not sure whether Noah would survive. The boy needed numerous blood transfusions and doctors diagnosed him with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

After Noah’s diagnosis, the hospital started him on the standard treatment of chemotherapy. After only completing two doses of chemo, Taylor and Joshua fled the state with Noah to Kentucky. The couple stated they went to Kentucky to seek alternative treatments. However, they never provided details about the provider they planned to see.

Police located the couple in Kentucky after police in Hillsborough County Florida issued a Missing Child alert in early May. After returning to Florida, a judge ordered that Noah remain in the temporary custody of Taylor’s mother. Additionally, the court ordered that Noah complete the full protocol of treatment for ALL which lasts around 2.5 years.

Over the past month, Taylor Bland has used her social media to speak out against CPS, insist that CPS “medically kidnapped” her son and trash doctors that are working to save her son’s life.

Due to her inability to comply with court orders and her outspokenness about chemotherapy, there is a high probability the court believes she is a significant risk to her son. Taylor wrongly concludes that she can cure her son’s ALL with cannabis, apricot seeds, colloidal silver, bleach, and supplements.

The couple will be back in court next week to learn their fate related to visitation. At this point, all signs are pointing toward a lost battle with CPS. There is a high probability at this point that the couple may never regain custody of their son.

Because the case relates to a minor, the court cannot comment on Noah at this time. Additionally, Taylor’s once outspoken attorney Michael Minardi has gone radio silent since mid-May.

Noah might finally have a chance at a healthy and productive life outside of his brainwashed and defiant parents.


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  • Knitting Cat Lady

    Poor kid.

    Sovereign citizens are a prime example of magical thinking and cargo cult law.

    And a guy who was arrested for domestic violence and owns several guns?

    If I were the police or the family court I’d treat any threats made by a guy like that as credible.

    I wonder if this is also the reason for Noah’s lawyer’s radio silence…

  • Delta

    Someone who plans to give a person bleach and cyanide should not be allowed to be near that person unsupervised. Her child is not her property.

  • persephone

    These people who want to inject bleach and cyanide into children, should be forced to have an equivalent dose injected regularly into them. See how they feel after a month or so.

  • WallofSleep

    “Sovereign citizens are a prime example of magical thinking and cargo cult law.”

    I first started hearing about them in the early 90’s. They are not stable people.

  • Is it wrong of me to hope that she or her baby-daddy tries following up on those threats and gets arrested for it?

  • WallofSleep

    Sure, but we can’t be right all the time. 😉

  • Raging Bee

    You really think they’d last a month?

  • WallofSleep

    One hopes. :evil grin:

  • taylor_serenil

    Nope. I don’t think either of them deserve custody at this point and wouldn’t trust them alone with my cats or any of the small human members of my family either. Her baby-daddy sounds marginally worse, but she isn’t doing right by Noah either.

  • persephone

    It’s fine with me if they don’t.

  • WallofSleep

    C’mon. What child doesn’t love catching a bottle to the mug that was intended to strike their mother? Doesn’t every kid have that on their xmas present wish list?

  • Wayne Kerr

    “cargo cult law” is a perfect description

  • Zetopan

    Sure, if the goal would be to size the amounts to be short of death for as long as possible.

  • karmacat

    THe irony is that if she had gone to med school the less sure she would be of her opinions. The longer one is a doctor the more you realize how much you don’t know. There is a reason that there are so many studies on different treatments for cancer.

  • HairyEyedWordBombThrower

    As long as they fail in their attempt, I’m with you.

  • Friend

    Oncology is constantly changing as well-designed studies identify more effective and less toxic treatments. Doctors can point to percentages and probabilities, and also view the individual patient.

    For some forms and stages of cancer, there is only one protocol, which may or may not be highly effective. For others, the patient might be offered a couple of choices. For example, surgery and chemo are standard for patients with a stage II cancer of the ___, but radiation therapy may or may not help. So the patient talks with the oncologist about the short- and long-term risks of the radiation option, versus the benefits. A younger patient who is recovering well from surgery and chemo might choose radiation. A very old and/or debilitated patient might be tired of treatment and at peace with turning down the radiation. And vice versa, and every possibility in between.

  • Friend

    This is good news for Noah’s survival. I hope he remains with his grandparents, and that he already knew them well before his parents started acting up.

  • Friend

    They’ll be stable people if they decide to take over your own personal stable and call it theirs. ;^)

  • RainbowPhoenix

    Maybe if she had become a pediatric oncologist she would know how much better chemotherapy works than cyanide poisoning.

  • Friend

    Let’s see. Four years of college, four of med school, an internship, a residency, and board certification in pediatric medicine and oncology? I don’t see this “birth worker” having the brain power, patience, or integrity for that.

  • Jennny

    Nit-picky comment: Why is it that if one contracts cancer one is said to be ‘fighting cancer’? No one calls it ‘fighting a broken arm’, or ‘fighting arthritis’ if they have those things. And anyone who has it is usually called ‘a brave cancer victim’ by the media and those who recover are ‘brave cancer survivors.’ Why can’t it be referred to like any other disease or illness, just by its name without the descriptive adjectives?

  • Sara Lynn Frederiksen

    As a cancer survivior, this term annoys me too.

  • Friend

    Not nit-picky at all. A lot of cancer patients hate the expression, along with the ideas that cancer is a “teacher,” and that people are better off after cancer than before.

    Some patients don’t like being called survivors prematurely, either. It might feel like a jinx, or maybe they want to wait until the docs say test results give reason for optimism, or X number of years have passed.

    People only need to be brave enough to report symptoms and work their way through diagnosis and treatment (assuming it is available and effective).

    Oncology patients are often afraid to be afraid, afraid to be confident, and so on. Fear, however, will not ki11 the patient.

    Chemo drugs and surgery are more powerful than any emotion.

  • WallofSleep

    You made me think of this epic obituary…


  • Braden MacBeth

    Yikes. Basically a repeat of the Nick Gunderson case only worse in probably every way. I’ve seen this Michael Minardi (the family’s lawyer) guy before in the Flipping the Script documentary, which basically revolves around cases like this. The sad part is that these lawyers bleed their clients dry on a hopeless case and won’t just tell them to do what the court says to and stop being nutcases. Candance Gunderson claims she has 100k in legal bills (still hasn’t won). That lawyer might be worth looking more into, he’s been involved in other cases like this.

  • Candace is still batting for custody – not looking good

  • MystiqueLady

    Now, if they can be prohibited from making more kids.

  • taylor_serenil

    Fails to surprise me. And no, I don’t think it’s nitpicky. I’m personally disabled, and there are some words I am not fond of for my disabilities that other people self-ID with

    Words do matter.

  • Refinnej

    “I went to college for a year (probably 1 class a semester) so I am smarter than those that went for 10 years and have been working in medicine for decades. Oh yeah, and I have Google.”