Ryan and Kelly Kingston* were expecting their newest baby boy and Kelly wanted to have a home birth.
Everything with the labor and delivery went smoothly. Baby John made his arrival on schedule, healthy and doing great. However, when Kelly’s bleeding did not stop, they immediately went to the ER. When the three of them got to the hospital, Kelly was quickly admitted and stabilized.
The hospital staff wanted to admit the baby as well, but Ryan did not see a need for that. John was doing wonderfully. Ryan had only brought the baby so he could be close to his momma. Ryan told the doctors that there was nothing wrong with John and that he had eaten, gone to the bathroom, and was doing great. The staff were clearly not happy with that answer, but Ryan would rather the baby stayed out of the hospital, especially when there was nothing wrong with him.
Kelly was improving well, but the doctors wanted her to stay for observation. When it became evident that Kelly was not going to be released very quickly, Ryan asked two of his adult daughters, who were both in their twenties, to take John home. After he did, Ryan noticed that the hospital workers seemed concerned and were talking amongst themselves. He became concerned they were going to call CPS, so Ryan slipped out and called the Heritage Defense 24/7 emergency hotline.
Ryan was connected with a Heritage Defense attorney and explained the situation. The attorney explained the various possibilities of what could unfold. Afterwards, Ryan and Kelly talked about it and decided to bring John back to the hospital to try to avoid an unnecessary CPS investigation.
Ryan brought the baby to the hospital, but soon afterwards one of their adult daughters called the Heritage Defense attorney and said that someone was driving by their home taking pictures of the house.
The Heritage Defense attorney then promptly contacted a local attorney in their area and assigned him to the case (the local attorney’s fees were paid for by Heritage Defense).
Shortly after that, Ryan called the Heritage Defense attorney again and said that a CPS worker had just come into their hospital room and was trying to question them. The Heritage Defense attorney asked the CPS worker to step out of the room while he consulted with Ryan and Kelly and informed them that they were not obligated to answer any questions.
He then called the local attorney, Bruce, and got him on the line as well. Bruce told Ryan that he was not required to answer any questions until Bruce was present. Bruce told Ryan not to answer any questions and to ask the worker for her business card so Bruce could contact her. After Ryan told this to the social worker and got her card, she left. That day and several times after, Bruce tried contacting the social worker, but neither he nor the Kingstons ever heard from her again.
Ryan expressed his heartfelt thanks to Heritage Defense:
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*Names changed for privacy