Chandler, AZ — As TFTP reported last month, Sarah Beck and Brooks Bryce spoke out to local media after their unvaccinated children were kidnapped by armed men because they let their 2-year-old son Heber recover from a fever at home—and not in the ER. Now, those same cops who kidnapped their children are recommending the parents be charged with child abuse.
Chandler police have recommended child-abuse domestic-violence charges against the parents for refusing to take their child to the ER—as a doctor ordered—even though the child’s health was improving.
The case has been referred to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office, which will decide whether to file charges, according to the Arizona Republic.
“I’m scared to death. I’m shaking like a leaf right now,” Bryce said. “I don’t want to go home. We were visiting with the kids. I’m scared to go home — I don’t know if there’s cops waiting there to arrest us. This is scary and we had such a positive day with the kids today.”
Last week, police also released body camera footage of the incident showing multiple officers with guns drawn kicking down the family’s door and raiding their home.
“I think that Chandler Police Department releasing that right now is completely a response to all the media that’s shown what we’re going through,” Bryce said. “It got so big in the media that they’re trying to cover their butts and save face.”
According to the Arizona Republic, a lawmaker who helped craft a law requiring the Arizona Department of Child Safety to obtain a warrant before removing children from their parents has called on the DCS and police to admit their failure in the handling of this child-welfare case.
“This is a complete miscarriage of justice and a shame to the state of Arizona,” said Rep. Kelly Townsend, R-Mesa.
The nightmare for this family started in February when they brought their toddler to the doctor at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine because he had a fever. The fever had gotten pretty high, 105, so the doctor told the family to take the baby to the ER.
When the family got back to the car, however, they took Heber’s temperature once more and noticed that it had dropped significantly. His temp fell to 102, which is no reason to head to the ER.
“He’s acting normal. He’s dancing with his sisters in his car seat. And I take his temperature and it’s 102,” said Beck.
For those who may be unaware, it is not necessary to bring your toddler to the ER for a fever. According to Johns Hopkins medicine, if a toddler has no other symptoms with fevers under 104, you just need to make them comfortable. What’s more, they only recommend seeking medical attention after repeated fevers of 104 or higher—which is what this family did.
Because Heber’s fever was on the decline and he had no other symptoms, the family opted to go home instead of making a trip to the ER. They had no idea what would happen next.
“We love our children, we love them. If our children needed help, we would absolutely help them,” said Beck. “I told the doctor that I’d bring my son back for her to check and make sure that his fever was lower, and she said she wouldn’t see him, and I had to take him in.”
Once the doctor realized they didn’t take their toddler on a seemingly unnecessary trip to the ER, they called the Department of Child Services—who then called the cops.
As AZ Family.com reports, officers went to the family’s home to check the child’s welfare, but no one answered the door, even though police could hear “someone coughing inside one of the bedrooms,” according to the police report.
The family didn’t feel like dealing with police, so they didn’t answer the door—which is their right to do so. This prompted the officers to call Bryce who answered the phone and told them his son was fine.
“Like we’re holding our kids hostage or they’re deathly ill or barely alive. He was perfectly fine. He was in my arms sleeping. As I was on the phone with the officer I took his temperature, it was 100 degrees. There’s no reason to give up my kids because he has a temperature of 100 degrees and sleeping,” said Bryce.
As the body camera footage shows, the cops called the family and the family decided to protect their children instead of giving them to the cops.
“Look,” says the cop in one of the exchanges. “I talked to the doctors and they said this could be a possibly life-threatening situation.”
The dad replies that it is not life-threatening, and his son is already better.
“I know you’re saying his fever broke now, but,” the cop replies, “we need you to come outside and talk to us. If you don’t come out and talk to us… then those kids are going to be taken away and you will be in serious trouble.”
Keeping his cool, the cop adds, “I would rather just have you come out and let us deal with this and let us take the kid to the hospital.”
The dad refuses and that is when the officers pulled out their guns and kicked down the door as if this family were a dangerous gang of murderers.
“The decision was made to force entry of the home for DCS in order to take custody of the child,” police said.
Police then proceeded to make it sound like the kids were living in shambles and all being neglected—so they took them all.
Two additional children (aged 4 and 6) were located, and police say they were also suffering “similar symptoms to include vomiting,” according to the police document.
One officer wrote in the police report, “There was clutter everywhere. The house was filled with items everywhere I looked.”
They also claimed that a shotgun was in a bedroom. “A shotgun was lying next to the bed, against the wall, and was not locked or secured,” the report read.
While this may sound bad, according to Bryce, its a complete farce.
“The clutter was laundry on our couch,” said Bryce. And the shotgun “is inert. It does not work.”
As for the kids also being sick, that was true. But there is no crime in having sick kids.
Still, the kids were taken from them by police, who put them in an ambulance. When the kids were tested for illnesses, the two-year-old was positive for RSV which in toddlers is about as “dangerous” as a common cold.
According to the website KidsHealth, “Almost all kids have had RSV at least once by the time they’re 2 years old. Its symptoms include a runny nose, cough, headache and fever. In most healthy kids, they don’t need to distinguish RSV from a common cold.”
It seems that police are now attempting to justify this ridiculous situation by bringing charges against the parents.
“This is a misuse of resources by the state and on the city level … all over a fever,” Bryce said. “I don’t know what to hope for other parents because I don’t think we’ve done anything wrong.”
As TFTP has previously reported, children who get taken by the state get put into a system that is rife with abuse. An estimated 18,000 children—every single year—go missing from these “protective care” systems. Thousands of those children are then sold into sex slavery. In fact, as we reported this week, it’s estimated that 88 percent of sex trafficked children come from this system. Hopefully this family gets their kids back before they become a number in these most disturbing statistics.