We are all heartened and grateful for all the good-hearted people who came here from all over the world this week, and are still coming, to support baby Rico, who as we reported earlier today is HOME.
People have been asking: Do his parents still have to medicate him? The answer is absolutely.
It will be done by visiting nurses, apparently, twice a day. The young parents, Lindsey and John, are not charged with missing even one dose of HAART medication, rather, with missing a doctor’s appointment. Still, they are now going to be under very heavy surveillance, and it is not even clear as I write this whether Rico is in their custody, or if he remains in the custody of the state, but at home with his parents. As his grandfather Steve remarked, “I told them in the beginning, ‘If you do anything spooky with his meds, you’ll never see the kid again.’ ”
Be advised, we officially no longer live in a democracy, by any measure. The state can, at any time, abduct your healthy child right from your arms, terminate custodial rights and medical decisions or even medical input, assail the child with debilitating, toxic, unproven drugs, while charging the parents with child endangerment. And this is the next chapter. Here is a statement tonight from Rico’s Facebook page, written by Allison Quinn, who is Cheryl Nagel’s niece.
“Yes! Rico is home. However, CPS is still playing a gigantic role in his custody and care, plus his parents are still facing the trial for child endangerment on April 1st and 2nd…not to mention the future legal battles in regards to the medication and everything.
We need to be contacting Minnesota officials! I will post a sample letter as a comment, below. Please, please send an email (can be the same one) to each of these officals:
MN DHS Commissioner: email@example.com
MN DHS Assistant Commissioner: firstname.lastname@example.org.
MN DHS Director of Child and Family Services: email@example.com
MN DHS info: firstname.lastname@example.org
MN Governor: http://mn.gov/governor/
Cheryl Nagel told me yesterday that one dark cloud was the fact that CPS (Child Protective Services) would be at the house when Rico came home. “It’s like being violated all over again,” she said. She also said a news channel would be there. Just now, moments ago, Allison Quinn emailed me on FB and gave me permission to share her email verbatim:
“The meeting with CPS today didn’t happen today – they got word that the news service was going to be there, so CPS didn’t show up. ha! (so it’s okay for CPS to not show up, but of course not vice-versa.) But yes, Lindsey and John have 9 pages of a care plan they must follow for the daily care of Rico, and if any non-compliance happens, they can (and will) take the baby. CPS needs to give them a 15 minute heads up and then can show up…so basically, the baby needs to be within 15 minutes of the house at all times. He may as well just be under house arrest, right??
Not only did the ABC affiliate from Minneapolis film today (and it aired tonight – it was pretty good, minus that they said “according to hospital documents, Lindsey’s condition has progressed to AIDS.” nice.), but the Minneapolis newspaper the Star Tribune called and interviewed them as well.”
Today on Facebook, investigative journalist Ricci Davis shared this quote:
“In order to establish a perfect socialist state, you have to destroy the family. You have to substitute the government and its authority for parental authority in the rearing of children.”
– Karl Marx