(WOIO) - My name is Lakesha Smith responding to Bill Applegate's Editorial about removing the over-weight eight-year old from his home.
I believe that the county government is not abusing its power by removing the boy from the custody of his parents.
Although I am not employed with Children and Family Services, I am a social worker. I do know that social services is required to investigate all calls to the abuse hotline. They are not required to stay involved with a family unless there is a clear cut case of abuse and/or neglect. This is a clear case of medical neglect.
For a year, Children and Family Services had been working with the family before taking custody.
How can it be okay to not adhere to a diet that could potentially save this little boy's life - especially if he does have critical health issues because of his obesity. In my opinion, Children and Family Services were concerned about the health and well-being of the little boy and did what they felt they had to do.