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Single Mom Loses Son
May 18, 2014 permalink
Single mother Tammy Elizabeth Elliott lost her son Aden to North Bay CAS when she was unable to explain how he got a broken leg. If this mother had a good legal team, she would probably get the child back, because she did nothing to cause the injury. But that won't happen with the courthouse hacks currently representing her. Another point that is clear from the story, hospitals are now fearsome places for parents.
Tammy Elizabeth Elliott
I'm a GOOD mom and I need some help!! This will be a long read. So, sorry in advance.
January 2nd I noticed my one year old son Aden wasn't acting like himself. After we woke up and went to the living room I sat him in front of his toys, he played, but never moved, he sat there in the same spot for two hours, he seemed content playing with his toys through. I went to the bathroom, Aden ALWAYS follows me, this time he didn't. That's when I knew something was wrong, so I went to go change him and noticed his leg felt extremely firm with his sleeper still on, so I took it off and his leg was bruised (looked like bars of a crib). I called my mom, she came over and was at my place within about an hour, as soon as she got here we took Aden to the ER, when we finally got called in they did x-rays, and found that his left leg was broken for 2 weeks, and also found that apparently both his wrists were broken at different times before his leg, but they healed themselves, that's what the doctors said (He was crawling, and using his leg, AND wrists fine, he never acted like he was in pain either!). So as you can imagine, CAS got called... While Aden was still in the hospital (the next day) I had to go talk to two younger women, not sure who they were, but I think they said they worked with CAS, a cop, and a CAS worker. We talked and they wanted me to go talk to the cop, I said once my mom got there and was able to watch Aden I'd go. So after my mom got there I went to talk to the cop, I told him everything I know that could have broken Aden's leg, and what I think broke his leg adds up to the times his leg broke, but the cop, along with a few doctors say my 'story' doesn't add up, YES IT DOES!! He was not a nice man, he brought up that I am a young mom "it must be hard being a young mom during it alone" he said. Just because I'm young does NOT make me a bad mom, nor does it make it any harder to be a parent, it's both a challenge and a blessing for ANY mother, but I love every single moment, tears and all!
After I talked to the cop, I went to talk to the CAS worker, he told me that if I didn't sign a paper saying that Aden is under CAS supervision for a month (he said it was for the weekend and that he just didn't feel like writing a new one up Monday) that I wouldn't be allowed to go back to the hospital with Aden. I freaked, I was nursing him at the time, I was his everything, and vise versa, so I signed it, I didn't know what else to do... I went back to the hospital with my son, my CAS worker said that I was basically Aden's baby sitter for the weekend.
Then Tuesday came (the day they were going to decide what was going to happen). My worker decided that my mom would live with me for 6 months, I wasn't allowed alone with Aden for longer then 5 minutes, and CAS would have weekly check ups. So we went home, had those weekly visits, my mom and dad stayed here and we all did what CAS told us to do, make sure Aden gets to his doctor appointments, take the bumper pads off the crib, stop co-sleeping, bla bla bla. A month and a half later on Valentine's day, February 14th, my mom got a call from my new worker, Michelle. She told mom to meet at her office with my dad, and Aden, I came top, but she never asked me to come. we walked into her office, her and her supervisor were both there. They said "I'm sorry Tammy, we have to take Aden and bring him somewhere safe" I started bawling!! All I could say was "why!?!?!" "I nurse!" "he needs me!" "I DIDN'T HURT HIM!!" All they said was "the society will buy you a pump" "he is going somewhere safe". I obviously had a hard time handing my baby over so they threatened to call the cops, I didn't want Aden witnessing that so I passed him to Michelle. As soon as he was out of my arms I saw Michelle walking away with him. Aden's face was the worst, he was even reaching for me!! He was so scared!! )': (as I write this I cry, remembering the look on his face, it breaks my heart!!)
It's been three months since CAS took him, during the past few months I took a lie detector test (apparently I failed, but he wouldn't tell me what questions, he just constantly called me a liar) I have talked to my worker a few times, and honestly I am trying to Co operate, but every time I look at or talk to her I see my son's face that night, it sickens me!! There was a settlement resintaly, Michelle made it very clear she doesn't want to give Aden back to me, she said that there is another court date in June, she said something about 6 months, but she also said that if nothing is found as to why Aden was hurt he won't be coming back to me. She's trying to get Aden's biological father involved, he's only met Aden four, maybe five times, he drinks and drives, loses his temper very easily, steals, he's just not a good person, I don't trust him with MY son!! He has even told me over Facebook message that he doesn't want Aden. My lawyer told me to agree to a finding at the settlement, from what I understand that means that yes Aden was hurt in my care, but it doesn't mean I did it. So I have talked to Michelle since the settlement and as I said she told me that unless they find out how Aden was hurt he isn't coming back to me, she even started talking about Aden's 'dad' she said he is representing himself, that he's going to get checked out, maybe even be introduced to Aden. She went on for five minutes about how hard this must be for me, not knowing what was going to happen. Later that night I went to talk to Michelle's supervisor about getting a different worker, she said she won't do that at this time because Michelle is too involved. I told her supervisor about how I feel, and what I see when I loom at Michelle, but she just told me to suck it up. I am more then willing to co-operate, I will do whatever it takes to get my son back, I have been co-operating since the beginning of this nightmare, but no matter what I do it's never enough for them!! There was even LIES in the court papers!! I don't know what else I can do, this is getting harder and harder by the minute, I'm trying to push and fight for Aden, but I'm so drained, Aden is seriously the only thing that keeps me going, I just want my boy back, my everything!!!!!!!!!!!! Please help me!! Message me if you have questions!!
I added two recent pictures of my perfect little boy, and me, the luckiest mommy on earth!!
Source: Facebook, Stop the CAS ...
Addendum: Nine days later Tammy added this comment:
Tammy Elizabeth Elliott This was what I saw when I took off his sleeper. The first hospital said it was broken for two weeks, the second hospital which was the children's hospital said 5 days. Christmas day my boyfriend and I went out to his parents for dinner and as we were getting ready my boyfriend who was 180 pounds at the time and wearing steel toe hiking boots, Ryan accidentally stepped on the back of Aden's left leg, I came out of the bathroom because Aden was crying, I picked him up, I was able to calm him down, once I did he went and played like nothing happened. We went to Ryan's parents and Aden was crawling and walking while holding onto furniture, and he didn't seem like he was in any pain. The day before I brought him to the hospital he was really tired, he napped a lot, but not for long periods of time, I thought that he was just tired and needed to catch up on his sleep, it was still weird though. That night my boyfriend and I kept hearing Aden wake up, make weird winey moans, we would go check on him and he'd be sleeping. When we woke up and came to the living room I sat him in front of his toys, like always. He didn't move, he just sat there and seemed very content playing with his toys, after two hours I went to the bathroom, he didn't follow, that was when I KNEW something was wrong. So I went to change him and check him over to see what was wrong, before I took off his sleeper I noticed his leg felt really firm, so I took off the sleeper and this is what it looked like. I think Ryan stepping on his leg (same leg that broke, Ryan stepped on the opposite side) fractured his leg, then I think the crib broke it. While I was still in the hospital with Aden Ryan noticed the bumper pay was bent between a bar, just a bit, but it looked like a leg was there so we think that his leg got stuck in the crib and broke it, maybe that's why he was making weird cries... but i have told CAS, the cops, and the doctors that and they all say that it doesn't add up. they always say that Aden would have been in so much pain, but I swear, he wasn't, he was perfectly fine...
Source: Facebook, Stop the CAS ...
Her case is still one deserving of assistance, but it differs from her initial posting. When asking for help, it is best to tell the whole story correctly from the start.