Parents Who Refused to Take Sick 2-Year Old to Hospital Lost Custody of Their Children and Were Charged with Child Abuse

Chandler, Arizona, police broke through the door of a family’s home late at night and handcuffed the father, as state’s Department of Child Safety took custody of the parents’ three children. The justification was that the mother had decided her toddler’s fever was not serious enough to merit a trip to the hospital. The doctor suspected that the child might have meningitis and instructed the pregnant woman to go to the hospital. She agreed, but then didn’t follow through. The doctor then called DCS which called the police to take action. The police say they had to break the door down following hours of negotiating. The parents say police pointed guns at them as they took custody of the three children. The police reported that two of the children had vomited in their beds and a shotgun lay next to the bed in the parents’ room. The parents were charged with child abuse.

Brooks Bryce and Sarah Beck have been charged with child abuse.

AZ – An Arizona lawmaker is demanding a review of child protective
services and police procedures, after officers forced entry into a
couple’s home to rush their sick toddler to an emergency room (video

2-year-old boy’s parents, Sarah Beck and Brooks Bryce, ignored a
doctor’s urgent recommendation to get the child to an emergency room to
help combat his 105-degree fever, WTVR reported.

Kelly Townsend said that the incident was “scary” and “frightening” –
not because toddler’s parents refused to get him medical help, but
because Chandler police ultimately broke down the front door of the home
after three hours of negations with the parents failed.

was excessive,” Townsend said of the forced entry. “If you make the
parental decision to wait ’til the morning to get medical care, you risk
losing your child.”

incident began on Feb. 25, when Beck took her 2-year-old son to the
Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine in Tempe for multiple
symptoms, which included a 105-degree fever, The Washington Post reported.

that the boy was suffering from a potentially life-threatening illness,
the doctor urged Beck to get him to the emergency room so he could be
tested using methods not available at the naturopathic clinic.

Beck resisted, and said she was afraid she would be reported to the
Arizona Department of Child Safety (DCS) because her son was not

doctor confirmed with the emergency room that they would not make a
report to DCS in such a situation, and Beck agreed to get her son help.

doctor also asked the emergency room personnel to let her know when
Beck arrived with the ill little boy, The Washington Post reported.

But Beck never showed up.

about 6:30 p.m., Beck called the naturopathic clinic again, and said
that her son started “acting normal” and was “dancing with his sisters
in his car seat” after they left, so she decided not to go to the
emergency room, The Washington Post reported.

also claimed her son’s temperature had dropped, but the doctor still
insisted that it was best to take the toddler to the emergency room.

then asked the doctor if it would be okay to lie to the hospital
personnel about her son’s vaccination status, and the doctor told her it
would not.

She also warned Beck that she would have to report her to the DCS if she didn’t get help for the little boy soon.

The doctor attempted to follow up with Beck in the hours that followed, but she would not answer her phone.

After calling multiple hospitals as a last-ditch effort, the doctor placed a call to DCS.

At approximately 10:30 p.m., Chandler police were dispatched to the 1600-block of West Marlboro Drive at DCS’s request.

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