Taylor Bland and Joshua McAdams’ deny they abused or neglected their 4-year-old son with leukemia according to a new statement released by their attorney. Brooke Elvington issued an official statement from the couple following the completion of the custody trial on Tuesday.
According to Attorney Brooke Elvington, Taylor Bland-Ball and Joshua McAdams did not abuse or neglect their 4-year-old son, Noah. In April, the couple fled the state of Florida to seek a second opinion for Noah’s diagnosis of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. The couple planned to see an osteopathic doctor that uses herbs, hyperbaric oxygen, CBD, alkaline diet, among other unproven remedies to treat the aggressive blood cancer.
In the statement, Elvington insists that every witness that testified in court stated that the parents love their son. Additionally, the couple agrees with the state that the case comes down to their son’s best interest.
During the trial, the Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Beck presented evidence that the couple was in an abusive relationship. In 2016, Joshua McAdams was arrested for throwing a bucket at his girlfriend, who cut his son in the face. Additionally, Beck shared details related to Joshua McAdams’ mental health. Family sources told WOACB that McAdams has struggled with his mental health for years.
However, Elvington insists the case related to Noah has nothing to do with the couple’s relationship nor the mental health of the father. In regards to the domestic violence accusations, the attorney wrote,
“This is not a case about domestic violence or mental illness. Admittedly there was a single act of domestic violence that occurred three years ago. Joshua accepted immediate responsibility, and Taylor cooperated with the police and prosecuting office. Joshua completed all terms and conditions of his probation successfully, and most importantly has always expressed unequivocal remorse for his action.”
Elvington continued by denying the case related to chemotherapy. However, Taylor Bland-Ball has been vocal on social media about her belief that chemotherapy is toxic. Additionally, the lawyer said that Noah was completely healthy, leading up to his diagnosis.
Sources close to the family told WOACB that Noah McAdams appeared weak and ill for weeks leading up to his initial hospitalization. In court, Bland-Ball’s grandmother testified that she fought with Taylor about taking Noah to the hospital. Additionally, the source said that Noah was so sick that doctors weren’t sure that he would survive.
“Noah appeared as a healthy, active child until immediately prior to his hospitalization. The parents took appropriate action and sought medical attention when necessary. They were obviously devasted by Noah’s subsequent diagnosis, and despite a number of concerns they consented to all tests, procedures and the initial rounds of chemotherapy. From April 3 until April 16 the parents remained at Noah’s bedside at the hospital.”
After Noah’s discharge from the hospital, Elvington says that the family believed Noah was in remission. The family fled to Ohio to obtain a second opinion. Additionally, the attorney denied the couple stopped giving Noah oral medication.
When Noah missed a scheduled hospitalization for cancer treatment, Hillsborough County Sherrif’s Office issued a Missing and Endangered Child Bulletin. A multi-state police search located the family in Kentucky. After authorities found the couple at a motel, they returned Noah to Florida and placed him in the custody of his maternal grandmother.
Since Noah’s placement with the state, Elvington says the parents have voluntarily consented to all medical treatments for their son. However, the parents have no legal rights over their son’s treatment at this time. Therefore, their consent is otherwise meaningless. Additionally, the couple now says they are not against chemotherapy for their son.
“The parents initially challenged further chemotherapy after Noah was taken into custody because they had not obtained a second opinion and remained hopeful that they could avoid chemotherapy. After significant research, and the assistance of a number of oncologists and alternative practitioners, the parents agreed to subsequent chemotherapy treatments.
After May 8, 2019, the parents have voluntarily consented to all medical procedures, without court order, including the chemotherapy protocol. The parents remain adamant that alternative therapy should be incorporated into Noah’s care, and that remains a point of contention.”
In court, a medical expert testified that the mother’s removal of the PICC line could result in an infection. During Bland-Ball’s testimony, she argued that she knew how to remove the line after watching a video online. Additionally, she expressed no remorse for removing the line.
Taylor Bland-Ball works as a doula and unlicensed “Radical Birth Keeper.” Through her business, she attends “free births” of women. On her company’s website and Facebook page, Taylor Bland-Ball discourages prenatal examinations, swabs, ultrasounds, and medications. Bland-Ball is a staunch anti-vaxxer and believes all vaccines are dangerous.
On Facebook, Bland-Ball has consistently downplayed her removal of her son’s PICC line. Additionally, she bragged that the removal of the line was easy and not “open-heart surgery.”
Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter is a line that is inserted into a large vein typically in the arm. A catheter is placed in the vein, which delivers medication directly to the heart. Removal of the line requires a medical expert as parts of the catheter can break off.
Removing a PICC line is not one of the simplest procedures in nursing. Additionally, Taylor Bland-Ball is not a nurse or trained to removed the line.
With the parents continuing to deny any wrongdoing, Noah McAdams’ return to his parents could be detrimental. His mother believes she possesses medical training and expertise without any education or licensure. If Noah returns to his mother, there is no way to know if she will perform other medical procedures on her son.
According to Brooke Elvington, the judge will rule on the case on September 9, 2019. She hopes that the court will return Noah to his parents.
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