Daily Archives: January 8, 2008

Why nannies aren’t better than parents

They’ve got to be kidding

An armed law enforcement team broke down the door of a family home with a battering ram and took an 11-year-old to a hospital after authorities feared he was not getting proper medical care for what turned out to be a minor head injury.

Garfield County’s All Hazards Response Team raided the home Friday night, a day after Jon Shiflett fell after grabbing the handle of a moving car. Someone — possibly a neighbor — called paramedics.

Jon’s father, Tom Shiflett, 62, told paramedics he didn’t want them to treat Jon and asked them to leave. He told them he had served as a medic in Vietnam and he had the skill to treat his son.

So a neighbor calls an ambulance and because the family doesn’t want the help they go to a judge…get a court order for the kid ordering him to a doctor…drive to the house….and break down the door?  The best part is what the doctor prescribed as the treatment.

Following the raid, a doctor recommended Jon be given fluids, Tylenol and ice to treat the bruises, according to a copy of the child’s patient aftercare instructions.

So the family was right all along.  Incredible.  If this was my family I would be suing the neighbor, the judge, the paramedics, the town, the county, and everyone else I could think of.   This is a classic example of people needing a lesson in minding their own business.

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