- Laura McCaslandSacramento County Child Protective Services
- Gary ZavoralSutter Medical Center
- Ben SosenkoPress Secretary, Mayor's Office
Sacramento CPS: Release information regarding the kidnapping of Sammy Nikolayev.
There is no reason that CPS should not release information to the parents and/or media as to WHY Sammy Nikolayev was taken from his family this week. We have not a second to waste. This family needs to be reunited... or an explanation given NOW as to why this happened. Every moment that Sammy is away from Alex and Anna is a moment that he and they can never get back. This will scar his memory for life. PLEASE support this cause and help us find out what is going on here. Information regarding the case can be found below as well as ways to contact Sacramento County CPS and Sutter Medical. Thank you.
Child Protection Services (CPS) has taken a five-month-old baby as a result of a medical dispute that led to the child’s parents seeking a second opinion from a second hospital. A team that included Sacramento, CA police officers took Sammy away on Wednesday night, and parents Anna and Alex Nikolayev still don’t know when they’ll get him back.
Sammy Nikolayev was born with a heart murmur, requiring his parents to take him to a doctor every two to three weeks. However, the problem apparently started when the Nikolayevs sought treatment for Sammy at Sutter Memorial for flu symptoms.
What happened next isn’t entirely clear. Sammy was admitted to the ICU but it seemed to Anna that he was being prepped for heart surgery instead of being treated for the flu.
That’s when the couple decided to take the baby to a second hospital, Kaiser Permanente, for a second opinion. A doctor there said that the baby was good to go home.
Although neither Sutter nor CPS have commented on the situation, citing medical and other privacy laws, it appears that Sutter retaliated by reporting the couple for child neglect. Police went to Kaiser, where a doctor told them that it was safe for the Nicolayevs to take the baby.
However, something must have gotten Anna’s radar up, because she set up a video camera to film what happened next. CPS and Sacramento police showed up there on Wednesday.
The officers reportedly shoved Alex on the ground outside the house and took his keys. The video doesn’t capture that, but it does show the police officers coming into the home and seizing the baby.
They have since been allowed a one-hour visit on Thursday and again on Friday to visit the five-month-old baby. But there are still no clear answers about why CPS took the child despite the second opinion from a doctor certifying Sammy as healthy enough to go home.
Clearly, we’re hearing only one side of the story, since Sutter and CPS haven’t broken their silence. But if the allegations are true, it would appear that CPS acted on the word of someone at Sutter, where one or more health care providers were apparently upset that the Nikolayevs questioned their competence and decided to seek out the second hospital.
CPS - Laura McCasland, (916) 875-2008, firstname.lastname@example.org
Sutter Medical Center - Gary Zavoral, (916) 454-6570 , ZavoraG@sutterhealth.org
(Original Story posted by The Inquisitr. All other related information being gathered from various news media outlets but mainly News10 Sacramento who we would like to thank for bringing this story to light).
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I started this petition because I just don't understand how this can even be legal. I specifically used the word "kidnapped" in the title because that is exactly what happened. Armed men forced their way into the Nikolayev's home and stole their child. THAT IS KIDNAPPING. If there was a simple difference of opinion or a disagreement or dispute about his (Sammy's) care, WHY didn't a caseworker go to the house and talk with the family??? Why just take him away with no explanations??? This is important to me because I am a mother, of a baby (she will be 1 Tuesday actually) and I can not even BEGIN to imagine how Anna and Alex are feeling. I would probably have already broken down and been put into asylum. I would literally DIE if my daughter was gone. And for this to happen because they wanted the BEST care for Sammy?!? How is it "neglectful" to make sure your son has the best doctors? It makes no sense. It is terrifying and it is important because it could be ANY ONE OF US! We ARE the Nikolayev's! Every parent in this Country is them and any one of us could have this happen to us.... and that scares the hell out of me.
- Sacramento County Child Protective Services
- Sutter Medical Center
- Press Secretary, Mayor's Office
Release information regarding the kidnapping of Sammy Nikolayev. There is no reason that CPS should not release information to the parents and/or media as to WHY Sammy Nikolayev was taken from his family this week. We have not a second to waste. This family needs to be reunited... or an explanation given NOW as to why this happened. Every moment that Sammy is away from Alex and Anna is a moment that he and they can never get back. This will scar his memory for life. PLEASE give us and his grieving family some insight and get him home NOW.
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