These parents are suing Child Protective Services for ordering mandatory blood tests on their daughter. After staff at Riley Hospital for Children reported Jade and Lelah Jerger for giving their daughter CBD oil to treat her epileptic seizures, Indiana CPS showed up to their home in September 2017. Case workers insisted the parents use the anticonvulsant medication Keppra instead of the oil. CPS reportedly demanded that 2-year-old Jaelah undergo a weekly blood draw to unsure her parents were actually giving her the medication.
The Jergers say they were not ok with the blood tests, but CPS reportedly forced a blood draw on Jaelah anyway.
“I said, ‘So can we take her to a different hospital?’ And they told me no, that if we did, the situation would look different” Lelah explained.
The ACLU of Indiana is representing the Jergers in a lawsuit against the case workers. They say they want their case to go to trial to raise awareness. For now, Jaelah is off Keppra, per her new doctor’s orders, and she’s doing well. CBD is illegal under current Indiana law, but there are three bills in the General Assembly that would legalize it for medical use. The Legislators say it will likely be legalized by March 2018.