A shocking and disturbing recent Florida court order has denied custody to the parents of a 3-year-old boy after they refused to continue chemotherapies for their son, saying he had been cured.
Noah is the son of Joshua McAdams and Taylor Bland-Ball. In April, the tyke was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Doctors ordered rounds of chemotherapy (specifically, vincristine) to treat Noah. The parents said that two weeks after receiving two treatments, Noah’s blood tests were cancer-free.
On April 16, the mother posted on her Facebook page:
“We busted on out of that hospital – with no cancer cells left to spare.”
Another account reported that “during a chemotherapy session, his mother allegedly pulled the needle from his arm and the family fled from his home in Florida to Ohio, seeking alternative medical treatment. They believed chemotherapy had harmful side effects.”
Bland-Ball revealed how Noah became cured of his acute leukemia:
“For those asking, we did two rounds of chemotherapy, specifically vincristine because they can get a medical court order to force you to do it anyways for a child with his diagnosis, we also used rosemary, Vitamin B Complex, including B17, completely alkaline diet, a liver/kidney/gallbladder/blood herbal extract, daily colloidal silver, high dose vitamin c, collagen, Reishi mushroom tea, and grapefruit peel and breastmilk!”
On April, 22, the family was no-show at the hospital for a third dose of the punishing chemical cancer therapy.
What happened next is very worrisome: the hospital notified local police who sent out an all-points bulletin for a “missing endangered child.”
The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office released the following statement:
“On April 22, 2019, the parents failed to bring in the child to a medically necessary hospital procedure [chemotherapy]. The parents have further refused to follow up with the life saving medical care the child needs.”
The urgent bulletin said the toddler “is believed to be missing and endangered.”
According to the parents, Noah was happy with them and in no danger whatsoever. Having beaten cancer, why on earth would he go for additional sessions?
But the police urged on by the hospital, painted the parents as criminally negligent:
“The parents have possible criminal child neglect charges pending.”
Police advised caution “as the father is potentially armed.” Or perhaps not?
The license plate of the parents’ car was included in the police alert with instructions to hunt them down on the I75/I95 corridor with a phone number to report suspected sightings.
An updated posted on April 29 by the local sheriff’s office stated that “The three-year-old boy has been found in Kentucky. He is need of medical attention but is safe. Thank you to the community for getting the word out.”
Police forcibly removed Noah from his parents in Kentucky and child protection services stepped in to deliver him into the custody of his mother’s mother. A legal order prevented the parents from seeing their child without the express permission of child protective services.
On August 19, Florida assistant attorney general Kenneth Beck heard testimony from Noah’s parents. Bland-Ball explained why the three had gone to Kentucky to pursue natural remedies:
“I don’t think I could ever be comfortable just fully putting these things into my son’s body that I didn’t know what exactly they were, that no one had really explained to me but I thought that it was riskier to not do it at the time.”
Beck confirmed in court that Noah’s mother had removed a pick line from her son’s arm that doctors inserted for his treatment. The legal argument used to justifying taking Noah away from his family – the “medical risk” they subjected him to by refusing additional chemo treatments – was the risk of “serious infection.”
On September 9, a Florida judge ruled that Noah, now 4 years old, must remain in the custody of his grandparents. Hillsborough County circuit court judge Thomas Palermo decided that it was in the boy’s best interest to stay with his grandparents because it was “the only way to ensure Noah’s health, safety, and well-being,” and that returning him to his birth parents would pose a “substantial risk of imminent neglect.”
The judge’s ruling came after both parents agreed to resume their son’s chemo treatments.
Brooke Elvington, the parents’ attorney, said her clients were “devastated” by the news and that:
“Noah belongs at home with his parents.”
Allowing a hospital to force chemotherapy on a toddler is bad enough but when a State judge rules against the parents and in favor of child protection services that adds insult to injury.
According to Senator Nancy Schaefer, who supports a Parental Rights Amendment to protect the rights of parents, “there is no responsibility and no accountability in Child Protective Services.”
Thanks to child protection services in Florida, two parents are in jail facing child neglect charges because they disagreed with their son’s doctor’s orders. How does that make you feel?