Erica May Carey and Cleave Rengo appeared in court on Friday. Within an hour after the judge’s ruling, they picked up their 1-year-old son and 8-week-old twins from the Bellingham CPS office.
“It’s amazing,” Carey cried. “There were times I was overwhelmed with doubt.”
The STATE’S case against the couple focused on domestic calls to police and their medical choices.
The judge called the couple’s home “chaotic” and “unstable.” He ORDERED both parents to seek counseling as part of the conditions of the children’s return.
Two of those concerns over medical choices for their children include the couple’s refusal to take their newborn twins to a hospital after paramedics had recommended a checkup immediately after the babies’ unassisted home birth. The couple also stopped using a recommended formula for the children to gain weight and instead went back to using breast milk.
“They projectile vomited that formula and it made them very sick. It’s not meant for babies, it’s meant for cows,” said Erica May Carey in court.
“If I had the choice, we would have chosen to keep them inside the house due to the sensitivity of the newborn baby to outside contaminants,” said Cleave Rengo in court.
The couple attributes many of their choices to their Christian beliefs, including their decision to have an unassisted home birth for their twins as well as using pro-biotics, coconut oil and other natural remedies to treat their 10-month-old son’s eczema instead of the recommended steroid cream.
The wife says she made several calls to Police about the couple’s arguments believing they could help find mediation.
“The STATE” has said it would not take children from a home because of a home birth.
It has been about a month and a half since the children have been living with their parents. The couple missed the one-year birthday of their oldest son. Now their Attorney says that son, who was diagnosed with eczema and is now in STATE custody, is also suffering from pneumonia.
While “The STATE Attorney’s office” confirmed (?) in court that CPS originally visited the couple’s home when they refused a paramedic’s recommendation to have a hospital check-up for the newborns, the judge said his decision to keep the kids under STATE shelter care had nothing to do with home birth or the use of natural remedies. His biggest concern is what he called an unstable, chaotic home environment.
The parents have been ‘Ordered’ to see counselors and follow other instructions to care for their kids.
“I definitely want to be a better parent,” Rengo said.
Source: Agenda 21 News