If you've been following the very public case of 4-year-old Noah McAdams and his parents fight for natural cancer treatment for him, you know that it has garnered national news. He was was removed from his parents' custody in April when they skipped a chemotherapy session and left the state in pursuit of alternative treatments. This garnered a multi-state police search when they took him to a consultation in Cincinnati, Ohio, with an alternative medicine practitioner.
Noah was taken from his parents' custody and his parents, Taylor Bland and Joshua McAdams, have been fighting with the state to get him back. It was ruled by Hillsborough County Unified Family Court on Monday that Judge Thomas Palermo ordered Noah remain a dependent of the state, ruling that he will stay in the care of his maternal grandmother, according to Brooke Elvington, an attorney for Bland and McAdams.
However, Noah's parents will be allowed to both visit him and attend his doctors appointments while under supervision.
Elvington shared with CNN that the couple is "obviously devastated," and that "Noah is going through an absolutely traumatic medical experience and he is doing so without his parents."
This case has been an extremely lengthy custody battle to begin with. There was a video filmed during court by CNN affiliate WFTS, where Judge Palermo referenced previous testimony in which Bland acknowledged she removed an intravenous catheter from her son's arm without medical permission. There was also a point where the judge referenced a domestic violence incident involving McAdams from 2016, where court records show McAdams threw a plastic bucket at Bland and hit Noah in the face, causing a minor cut. The charges were later dropped after a pre-trial diversion program, court records show.
McAdams' mental health was also taken into question by the judge, the lawyer said. Elvington called the domestic violence incident isolated and the familial testimony unfounded.
The part most baffling is that Noah was diagnosed with something called acute lymphoblastic leukemia in April, which St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital says about 98% of children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia "go into remission within weeks of starting treatment."
While every parent has the right to make the best decisions they see fit for their child, it seems like the best one in this case would have been to do what would help Noah go into remission the quickest way possible.