Mother and father share joint legal/physical custody of two children. The morning mother is to turn kids over to father her daughter starts showing symptoms of her asthma. Mother treats daughter with her meds in the usual manner and contact daughter's pediatrician to advise. Mother relays to pediatrician that her daughter is currently able to talk and eat but her breathing is getting wheezy. Pediatrician advised mother to take her in to hospital so a doctor could take a look at her.
Mother called father, told him she would be dropping off their son and taking daughter to hospital. Mother told him their daughter's condition and what pediatrician said. Father said drop both kids off and that he would take daughter himself.
For reasons unkown, father ignored pediatrician's directive to take daughter to ER to be evaluated. Father self-treats daughter with asthma meds for several hours. Father tells mother when she calls to check on daughter that daughter is fine. Father continues to self-treat, then takes daughter to a party, exposing her to a dog (she's alergic). Daughter's condition worsens as she repeatedly asks her father if they can leave. Father's repeated response, per daughter - "In a minute."
Father forced to leave party when daughter begins to cough up blood. She is rushed to ER and hospitalized for a torn esophagus.
Father contacts CPS and reports mother for abuse - claims she exposed daughter to her boyfriend's dog and other allergens which triggered her asthma, causing her to be hopitalized. Father does not tell CPS about pediatrician's directive, nor does he tell them about the party where he exposed his daughter to a dog for hours.
Mother responds that she did not expose child to dog. Mother tells CPS worker Rebecca Marchetti of the conversation with child's father ending with him advising he would take daughter in. Mother advised she had absolutely no reason to believe that the father would choose to ignore daughter's pediatrician or otherwise not act in the best interest of their child.
Macomb County, MI CPS Investigators Rebecca Marchetti, Karen Marcath and Dawn Walker blamed the mother, stating it was clear the child became sick while in mother's care.
Mother responded that if the father had no intention of taking their daughter to ER as the pediatrician directed that morning he should have let mother when she said she was going to. Mother said it was clear that their daughter would have been spared her injury and hospitalization if the father had not ignored the pediatrician's directive that morning.
Macomb County, Sterling Heights CPS Investigators Rebecca Marchetti, Karen Marcath and Dawn Walker have chosen to ignore the fact that the father's inaction directly resulted in the hospitalization of our child. Furthermore, that the father might have psychological issues that could result in his causing his daughter further harm. What sane parent would watch his child health decline, bearing full knowledge that she was to have received medical attention hours ealier?
Mother believes father did this to get her in the CPS system because he recently moved and wants full custody of their children. Father recently filed a second complaint against mother, however mother was able to show the father lied. Furthermore, the mother was able to show that the father had recently done the very thing he accused the mother of.
If CPS policy allows it's investigators to ignore the facts at the expense of a child's welfare, then the policy needs to be changed. This is a policy void of common sense.