(USA) Family loses custody of overweight girl

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It's NOT about *fat or *thin....

it's about PARENTAL RIGHTS!!

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Anamarie Martinez-Regino, 3 years old

         
HOW CAN THIS BE.....'IN AMERICA'?


Without Justice, there is JUST_US!


(USA) Family loses custody of overweight girl

 Monday, 28-Aug-2000 14:09:12

Family loses custody of overweight girl

The parents of a three-year-old American girl who weighs eight-and-a-half-stone say they have lost custody of their child because they could not control her weight.

Miguel Regino and Adela Martinez say authorities in New Mexico took their daughter, Anamarie Martinez-Regino, after a doctor claimed the child's condition was life-threatening.

"They dragged her out of the room kicking and screaming," a grieving Mrs Martinez said after her daughter was taken from Presbyterian Hospital on Friday. "All she's known her whole life is me, Miguel, my mother, the family. She was terrified."

Anamarie weighs 54 kilos and is 3ft 6ins tall - three times heavier and 50% taller than an average three-year-old, according to the girl's doctor, Monika Mahal, who made the recommendation that she be removed from her parents custody.

Irene Moody, a colleague of Dr Mahal who has examined Anamarie, said the decision was taken in the best interest of the child.

Anamarie has been in and out of the hospital since she
was two months old over her weight problem, but doctors have not been able to determine a cause.

No state agency or law enforcement office has accused the family with anything improper in the treatment of Anamarie, Mrs Martinez said. But legal papers she received on Friday charged the family with not being able to keep the child's weight down.

"I can't believe that's what they're thinking," Mrs Martinez said. "How can I make her body grow the way it has? It's back to blaming us."

Dan Hill, a spokesman for the Children, Youth and
Families Department, said it is against state law for the department's officials to comment on an open case.

Mrs Martinez has been told she will be allowed to visit her daughter but doesn't know when. A custody hearing has been set for September 5.

SOURCE:
http://www.ananova.com/news/story/sm_48291.html

[APFN NOTE] - I called the Presbyterian Hospital (505) 841-1234, they had no commit but did give me the number of Dr. Monika Mahal 505-265-7817, I
spoke with Mary Ellen, she wanted to know who I was and my telephone and fax number, which I gave her. I asked about the above report and she said "None of your business" and hung up on me.

Your turn!

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  • FAX RECEIVED APFN - AUG 29 2000 - PEDIATRIC ASSC -- FAX: 505-266-1543

    PEDIATRIC ASSOCIATES, PA                         IRENE MOODY, M.D.
    3410 INDIAN SCHOOL N.E.                   GRETCHEN SEELINGER, M.D.
    ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO 87106                KENNETH CARLSON, M.D.
    TELEPHONE: (505) 266-7817                       MONIKA MAHAL, M.D.
    FAX: (505) 266-1543                        ISIDORA GALLAGHER, M.D.

    AUGUST 28, 2000

    Due to issues of patient confidentiality, as physicians we cannot further comment on any aspects of the medical care of Ana Marie. Under state law, we are required to report any suspected neglect of a patient of the State Department of Children, Youth, and Families. The Department then investigates and based on their findings determines the most appropriate setting for the ongoing care of the child. As pediatricians, we understand how devastating this is to a family involved and we do not make this decision lightly  nor on the spur of the moment. Our concerns have always and will continue to be with  the health of Ana Marie and the welfare of her family.

    Irene Moody, MD

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    See Picture of Ana Marie:
    http://www.abqjournal.com/news/1annamarie08-29-00.jpg
    http://www.abqjournal.com/

    State Defends Custody Action:  The head of the state's child welfare agency tried to assure parents and critics Monday that the state does not take children from their homes just because they are too fat or too thin.

    Child Taken From Parents: The state of New Mexico has removed
    3-year-old Anamarie Martinez-Regino from the custody of her parents
    because of her weight.
     ... Full story
    http://www.abqjournal.com/health/109392health08-26-00.htm
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    Could they file a Writ of Habeaus Corpus?  This story has hit the
    national media and those who took the girl admit they do not know what is causing the problem anymore than the parents.  Such actions are reprehensible!  They imply the STATE knows better what to do with our children than we do!.

    Barton A. Buhtz - GM, TRN - eclok@juno.com

    Listen to: http://www.truthradio.com
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     Monday, 28-Aug-2000 21:48:25

          8/28/00 18:45 PM - AZ

          I (APFN) just spoke Adela Martinez (Mother) 505-254-9170

          APFN: "Do you want you daughter back"?

          ADELA: "Yes"!

          FACTS:

          1) ADELA, does not know where her daughter is?

          2) ADELA, has no contact as to find out where her daughter is!

          3) ADELA, is requesting legal advise/assistance.

          4) Contact is being established with her (Adela's) mother Marget 505-980-XXXX
          for email contact & additional background.
          (THIS APPEARS TO BE A CELLUAR NUMBER, JUST LEFT MESSAGE)

          (APFN ADVISORS CONTACT AS REQUIRED IF YOU CAN ASSIST/ADIVISE/REPORT)

          She has contacted Cong. Heather Wilson, but received no assistance
          (Have not verified with Ms. Wilson at this time, but will!)

          She requesting anyones assistance, most needs Legal advise, but is willing
          to talk with media and radio talk shows for assistance.

          More updates when available -- APFN@apfn.org
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    APFN LEGAL ADVISORS, PLEASE BE IN CONTACT ADELA DIRECTLY AT ABOVE NUMBER IF YOU CAN OFFER ANY LEGAL ADVISE/ASSISTANCE AND/OR WOULD LIKE TO HAVE HER AS A
    GUEST ON TALK RADIO. SHE SAID SHE WOULD, BUT I DON'T THINK SHE HAS BEEN ON RADIO BEFORE, AT THIS TIME. THIS IS EVERY AMERICANS CONCERN! GOVT. STEALING YOUR CHILD!
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    Perhaps the hospital that seized this child should be charged
    with child abuse and be sued if they cannot produce the child, at a
    normal weight, within a month or so. This seems to be the standard to
    which they are holding the girls parents.

    Yours,

    Kurt Reimer
    gkr@voicenet.com
    Voicenet Systems Administration

    Presbyterian Hospital - 505-841-1234
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Fallout from
Child Seizure

State Defends Removal of
Overweight Child

http://www.abcnews.go.com/sections/us/DailyNews/overweightgirl000829.html

RE: APFN UPDATE: (USA)
http://www.apfn.org/apfn/overweight2.htm
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