NOTE: We have a crowdfunding campaign setup to assist the family with legal costs relating to this matter. Please visit this page for more information on this situation and ways to help.
UPDATE: Hearing on November 27th - BABY WAS NOT RETURNED! PARENTS HAVE NOT SEEN THEIR NEWBORN SON IN FIVE DAYS!
Friends we have an incredibly important battle on our hands and a young family and their newborn son NEED YOUR HELP! Diamond Mehlhoff, who gave birth in Kootenai County @ Kootenai Hospital on Monday November 20th via C section. On Wednesday November 22nd, after the parents refused vaccination for the baby, the state became involved and took this beautiful baby, Elijah, from his loving parents, claiming the mother to be unfit due to a diagnosis of cerebral palsy (a non progressive movement disorder). They have stated the mother to be bedbound, which is not at all the accurate, she also lives with her husband Ari and the grandfather of the baby. This is an unbelievable, unheard of, egregious case of disability discrimination.
Parental rights are not GRANTED to us by hospital officials or the state. These are our God given rights that the State should not interfere.
Determining that this mother is "not fit to parent her child" simply because she has a disorder, where do you draw the line?
What if the parent is blind? What it the parent has cancer? What if the parent breaks an arm in a car crash? When a parent is in need, the community comes together to keep the family together and healthy. When the hospital or the state gets involved, families are ripped apart and children are put into a foster care system that is proven WAY more dangerous and detrimental to the child.
The US is uniting for a disabled Idaho mother who has had her baby taken by the state after she and the father chose not to vaccinate their newborn. This family will be back in court tomorrow fighting to bring their baby home.
We must continue to call and email the hospital admin that began this atrocious act against a disabled mother and loving and very capable father. To contact the Kootenai Health administration office, email [email protected] or call Kootenai Health’s administrative office at (208) 625-4001.
We must also continue to contact the legislators of that district and ask them to please get involved in reuniting this family.
Representative Eric Redman [email protected] (208) 623-6383
Representative Vito Barbieri [email protected] (208) 620-0873
Senator Steve Vick [email protected] (208) 819-4189
It is unconscionable that sweet little Elijah has been away from his mommy and daddy for 5 days now. What about baby Elijah’s right to be breastfed and bond with his mommy and daddy in these most precious first days?
This family will continue to lean on the support of their church family as they work together to be reunited.
Health Freedom Idaho is working on a fundraiser for the family as they will have exorbitant costs through this process.
THEY NEED YOUR HELP to bring their baby home!
Contact the Hospital Adminstration and Idaho Elected Officials in District 2 Representatives Eric M. Redman, Vito Barbieri and Senator Steve Vick
Easy cut and paste into your BCC portion of your email and send!
[email protected], [email protected], [email protected], [email protected]
Representative Eric Redman
P.O. Box 40, Athol, 83801
Home (208) 623-6383
Statehouse (208) 332-1070 (Session Only)
FAX (208) 623-6383
Representative Vito Barbieri
564 E. Prairie Ave., Dalton Gardens, 83815
Home (208) 620-0873
Senator Steve Vick
2140 E. Hanley Ave., Dalton Gardens, 83815
Home (208) 819-4189
2003 Kootenai Health Way
Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814
Chief Executive Officer
Jeremy S. Evans
Executive Vice President,
Hospital and Regional Operations
“Dear Rep or Sen ____I am attaching a link to an article about an Idaho family that is in your district. They desperately need your help. Kootenai Health has instigated a baby being taken from a mother with a non-progressive illness called cerebral palsy. Please get involved and take a stand for parental rights. Thank you for all that you do for our great state.”