When police entered Anna Nikolayev’s home, she didn’t know why.
"I'm going to grab your baby, and don't resist, and don't fight me, OK?" a Sacramento Calif., police officer said in a home video that captured the incident.
The authorities were referring to her 5-month-old son, Sammy, who has a heart murmur, News10 reports. Nearly two weeks ago, Nikolayev and her husband, Alex, took their son to Sutter Memorial Hospital in Sacramento but decided to seek a second opinion at another hospital after doctors suggested Sammy undergo heart surgery.
"If we got the one mistake after another, I don't want to have my baby have surgery in the hospital where I don't feel safe," Anna told the news outlet, pointing to previous incidents where she was concerned about the care he was receiving, News 10 reports.
For instance, when Anna asked a nurse what antibiotics she was administering to her son, the nurse answered, “I don’t know.”
“I'm like, 'You're working as a nurse, and you don't even know what to give to my baby for what,'" Nikolayev told the news outlet, recounting the conversation.
Without a proper discharge, Sammy’s parents took him to Kaiser Parmanente Medical Center in Sacremento. While there, police showed up and checked on the family after Sutter Memorial reported the parents and left.
"They told us that Sutter was telling them so much bad stuff that they thought that this baby is dying in our arms," Nikolayev said.
A day after the Sammy returned home with the permission of a doctor at Kaiser, Sacramento Police and Sacramento County Child Protective Services showed up at their doorstep, removed the 5-month-old and placed him in protective custody due to "severe neglect" at Sutter Memorial Hospital.
On Monday, a county judge ruled that the baby be removed from protective custody, get transported to Stanford Medical Center in Palo Alto, Calif., and CPS will continue to monitor the family, KXTV reports.
"It's like a special day for us. It's like we're in a unit with our son again," Anna Nikolayev said about the court’s ruling. "We're just not going to let go anymore."
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