The parents of a four-year-old boy with cancer have been denied custody after courts took him away because the couple ended his chemotherapy in favor of natural remedies.
The custody trial of Noah McAdams began last month in Tampa, Florida, where the spotlight is on the fitness of parents Joshua McAdams, 27, and Taylor Bland-Ball, 22.
And on Monday Florida judge Thomas Palermo announced the ruling for Noah to stay in the care of his grandmother and continue chemotherapy treatment.
In April, McAdams and Bland-Ball cut short his chemotherapy for lymphoblastic leukemia and fled with the boy to Kentucky.
A judge denied the parents Joshua McAdams, 27, and Taylor Bland-Ball, 22 custody of the son Noah McAdams Monday
Noah underwent the first two rounds of chemotherapy at All Children’s Hospital in in St. Petersburg before his parents decided to stop the treatment over fears of the side effects and fled the state to Kentucky
Last month McAdams took the stand where state prosecutors grilled him about his prior domestic violence episodes.
McAdams grew testy and combative at times on the witness stand, but admitted to throwing a toy through a window and breaking it.
In another incident in 2016, McAdams was arrested on a charge of misdemeanor domestic battery.
The couple were arguing when the father threw a plastic toy bucket at the Blad-Ball, cutting the face of Noah when he was a baby, the arrest report said.
McAdams spent three days in jail, but the criminal case was dropped the next year.
On Monday Judge Palermo said the state proved that McAdams is ‘an untimely threat to them because of his anger issues.’
The family’s saga dates back to April 4, when young Noah received a shock diagnosis of acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a cancer of the blood and bone marrow.
Taylor Bland-Ball, 22, and Joshua McAdams, 27, lost custody of their son after police say they refused to provide him with the medical treatment he needs and instead fled from Florida to Kentucky
Noah’s parents, pictured outside court, were allowed to treat their son with natural remedies in addition to chemotherapy
Noah underwent the first two rounds of chemotherapy at All Children’s Hospital in in St. Petersburg before his parents decided to stop the treatment over fears of the side effects.
The hospital alerted police when the couple failed to bring Noah in for his next chemotherapy treatment on April 22 and refused to attend a follow up medical appointment.
By the time police received a court order to take Noah into child protective services, McAdams and Bland-Ball had fled out-of-state with their son.
Police put an alert out for Noah and eventually tracked the family down in Georgetown, Kentucky on April 29.
McAdams and Bland-Ball deny they were fleeing Florida and claim they were on their way to consult with a Cincinnati doctor about alternative treatments.
The couple were taken into custody to face child neglect charges.
The little boy’s parents claimed Noah was cancer free after his first chemotherapy treatments – just 12 days after his initial diagnosis. They credited the boy’s ‘recovery’ to vitamins, an alkaline diet and alternative methods of treatment
The little boy’s parents claimed Noah was cancer free after his first chemotherapy treatments – just 12 days after his initial diagnosis.
At the time, Bland-Ball credited her son’s ‘recovery’ to vitamins, an alkaline diet and alternative methods of treatment.
Noah had what a PICC line in him, which can be extremely dangerous to remove.
‘[Bland-Ball] testified that she had no training on how to remove the PICC line. She explained during the trial that she was still comfortable removing it because she watched a YouTube video on how to do it,’ Judge Palermo said in court. ‘She simply pulled the PICC line out of her son’s body.’
The judge recommended both parents to seek mental health evaluations.
Noah is currently being cared for by his grandmother while his parents fight to regain custody