Grandparents Seek Custody Over Anticipated Medical Neglect

Mother dies in childbirth (assisted by unlicensed midwives who end up in jail).

Father is sole surviving guardian of couple’s children.

Mother’s parents contend that Father rejects modern medicine – but this contention is in dispute.

In this unusual Florida case, the grandparents are seeking custody of the children to avoid anticipated medical neglect.

They bring this action themselves, not in family court, but in juvenile dependency court, the forum typically reserved for social services cases regarding children.

Hearings in this case will be held later in the year. Grandparents with grandchildren who they believe are suffering various degrees of neglect may follow this unusual case with interest.

Read more in this Sarasota Herald-Tribune article: Fatal midwifery case leads to custody dispute; The dead woman’s parents say her children aren’t safe with her spouse and they want custody.