Mon Mar 20, 2017, 11:29 AM
Heddi (18,026 posts)
Mom of trans girl held at Christian hospital heads to court to fight for custody
An Illinois mother and father are bracing for a combative family court hearing in Chicago to fight for custody of a five-year-old transgender girl named Stevie.
She was named Stephen at birth, and according to friends of the family, she suffers from both epilepsy and type 1 diabetes. The Illinois Department of Children and Families told LGBTQ Nation the agency is seeking protective “temporary custody due to medical issues unrelated to LGBTQ concerns.”
riends of her parents say they’re convinced this case is really about the faith-based hospital — and now DCFS — refusing to accept that Stevie is trans. DCFS spokeswoman Veronica Resa denied that accusation in an interview Monday.
On Sunday, a friend of the parents accused hospital staff of trying to force this trans child to admit she’s really a boy. And now another friend of Stevie’s mom has come forward with shocking new details of what the mother is accused of doing.
. That boy, according to the parents’ friend, has consistently identified as a male, but in his younger days his parents gave him a play kitchen, a toy shopping cart, and a green girl’s bike, each of which is being labeled “a girl’s toy.”
The bicycle in particular was chosen by Stevie’s older brother because it had a picture of a starfish that reminded him of “Patrick” from Spongebob Squarepants.
Those along with other items are expected to be introduced as evidence by the Department of Children and Families, that Stevie’s mom attempted to change her oldest son’s gender from male to female, unsuccessfully, according to the friend. Obviously, giving a boy a doll or shopping cart is not an attempt to change a child’s gender identity.
Could this be, as some have speculated, a case of factitious disorder imposed on another, commonly known as Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy? In this disorder, a person — typically the mother of a child — acts as if an individual he or she is caring for has a physical or mental illness when the person is not really sick.
Both Stevie’s mom and dad recently have undergone a psychological evaluation of their mental health, and passed, according to the anonymous friend, who claims to have personal knowledge of the family’s health, and accompanied both the parents and Stevie to doctor appointments. She said the fact remains that the girl is hospitalized and not placed in foster care, Stevie is in fact ill, with chronic conditions that arose without outside influence: Type 1 diabetes, for example, is characterized by the body’s inability to produce insulin; epilepsy can be either congenital or the result of brain damage that occurs after birth.
The parents’ friend said two hospital employees reached out privately to offer their help in refuting the accusations but, according to the friend, each backed off, saying they were threatened with termination if they cooperated with Stevie’s mom.
The friend says both mom and dad have no criminal records, no prior involvement with DCFS, no other children, and no history of drug use or alcohol abuse.
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Mon Mar 20, 2017, 07:55 PM
beam me up scottie (55,295 posts)
1. This is unconscionable.
If these Christians had their way they would force these kids into reeducation camps and 'help' them along with electroshock therapy.
THIS is why I criticize religion.