Pa. pair: Baby taken after bagel altered drug test - Yahoo! News
Mort, 21, of New Castle said she was home with her baby, Isabella, on April 30 when a CYS caseworker arrived with an emergency protective custody order and took the baby away. The suit says the agency had no proof suggesting the baby might be in danger other than notice from Jameson Hospital that Mort had failed a drug test.
"Lawrence County Children & Youth Services ripped this couple's baby from them just three days after her birth," said Sara Rose, an attorney with the ACLU.
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Rose said Mort was never told in the hospital that she had failed a drug test, nor was she asked if she had eaten anything that could affect the test results. Also, neither the hospital nor CYS checked with Mort's doctor, who would have told them that two drug tests Mort took during her pregnancy were both negative.
"They would have realized that Liz never used any illegal drugs while she was pregnant and the only thing that she was guilty of was eating a poppy seed bagel shortly before being admitted to Jameson Hospital," Rose said.
The lawsuit alleges that three days after the baby was taken, CYS acknowledged they had made a mistake. Still, Isabella was not returned to her parents for two more days.
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Jameson Health System has a policy in which they test all patients in the maternity ward for drugs, the suit says. But Rose said the level that determines whether a result is positive for illegal drugs is low and not the standard used by many other entities, including the federal government.