CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio third-grader who weighs more than 200 pounds has been taken from his family and placed into foster care after county social workers said his mother wasn’t doing enough to control his weight.
The Plain Dealer reports (http://bit.ly/t68M7D ) that the Cleveland8-year-old is considered severely obese and at risk for such diseases as diabetes and hypertension.
The case is the first state officials can recall of a child being put in foster care strictly for a weight-related issue.
Lawyers for the mother say the county overreached when authorities took the boy last week. They say the medical problems he is at risk for do not yet pose an imminent danger.
A spokeswoman says the county removed the child because caseworkers saw his mother’s inability to reduce his weight as medical neglect.
One thing I can’t stand is the fact that the government owns people’s children and assumes the right to take them away from their families as they see fit. HOWEVER, the weight issue and poisoning of kids is getting far too out of hand and someone should be stepping up and doing something about it. There are children that are constantly sick, being forced pills that the parents themselves dont even really know what is in that pill, and are not being fed proper nutritious foods. Your kids affect our future!
If this case is happening then it will be used as an example to happen in lots of other states and perhaps may affect your home. Please seek out the necessary guidance and knowledge to get yourself and your family healthy and thriving so that you wont be the next family in the headlines.
Do you agree with the state taking away the child?