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Friends, we have an incredibly important battle on our hands. Something unconscionable has happened in North Idaho this last week. We were notified by the daughter of a local pastor here in Kootenai County regarding a woman of his congregation, Diamond Mehlhoff, who gave birth in Kootenai County @ KMC 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).
Diamond is an active individual who doesn't let cerebral palsy slow her down.
They have stated the mother to be bedbound, which is not at all 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.
Their court hearing is tomorrow, Monday 27th at 8am @ 205 N 4th Street Coeur D Alene ID 83814 in the Juvenile Justice Center. They are asking anyone available to please come support them.
For those concerned that perhaps this family is 'unfit' Health Freedom Idaho has been researching this story since the day that it happened. We feel confident that this family's parental rights have been violated under the guise of the mother’s illness. This kind of blatant disregard of parental rights is happening all over the country.
It is very important to note that the state did not take any action until the parents expressed a desire not to vaccinate the child. We have much to do to raise awareness and shine a light on this blatant attack on parental rights and the rights of parents with disabilities.
- Miste Karlfeldt, Executive Director Health Freedom Idaho
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
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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