ACLU-PA Files Lawsuit on Behalf of Parents Whose Newborn Was Seized After Mom’s Poppy-Seed Bagel Caused Positive Drug TestThursday, October 28th, 2010
October 28, 2010
PITTSBURGH - The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania filed a federal lawsuit today on behalf of a Newcastle couple, Elizabeth Mort and Alex Rodriguez, whose newborn daughter was seized and held for five days by Lawrence County Children and Youth Services (LCCYS) after the mother failed a hospital drug test because she had recently eaten a bagel with poppy seeds.
“No parent should have to go through what this couple did,” said ACLU of Pennsylvania staff attorney Sara Rose, who is representing Mort and Rodriguez. “This case is a tragic illustration of the harm that can result when the government removes a child based only on the accusation of a third party and without any independent investigation.” (more…)