Mother released from jail
Woman told to stay away from ill baby
A 22-year-old woman who was arrested for removing her baby from a hospital against doctor’s orders, was released from jail Monday, media reports say.
A Crown attorney consented to the Toronto mother’s release on a $2,500 bail.
The young woman, who cannot be named because her nine- month- old son is in the custody of Children’s Aid Society, is also required to have no contact with the child’s 36- yearold father and a 24- year- old family member. She must also stay 500 metres away from the Hospital for Sick Children.
All three have been charged with obstructing police in relation to a confrontation Sunday at the hospital where police said they had to physically wrest the child from the mother’s arms.
Police issued a public alert after a woman left the hospital with her 4.98 kg (11 lb.) child last Wednesday. The three accused returned to the hospital Sunday in a taxi.
The family, which belongs to a littleknown religious organization called the Moorish Science Temple of America, had sought advice from a homeopathic practitioner who advised them to see a doctor about the baby’s eczema and apparent allergy to breast milk.
Friends say the doctors, believing the child to be malnourished, told the woman that they were going to call Children’s Aid.
Scared, the woman left the hospital, her spiritual adviser told media outside of court Monday.
“The hospital told her that based on the diagnosis of her child, they were going to call CAS to take the child away from her,” said Grand Sheik Kudjo Adwo Sut Tekh El, 33.
“She wasn’t being negligent. (The hospital staff) doesn’t have the authority to say that she was being negligent. That is CAS’s job.”