Court Strips Parents’ Custody Of 4-Year-Old Son With Cancer After They Stop Chemo Treatment

Noah McAdams is a 4-year-old boy from Florida who was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia earlier this year and his life may hang in the balance amid an ongoing legal feud between the state and his parents.

The 4-year-old’s disease is treatable through continued chemotherapy but his parents determined they no longer wished to continue treatment so the state of Florida intervened to deny them custody of their child.

“Hillsborough County Judge Thomas Palermo announced the ruling to parents Joshua McAdams and Taylor Bland-Ball Monday afternoon. McAdams and Bland-Ball stopped the child’s chemotherapy two days into treatment,” ABC News reports.

According to the report, the parents stopped the chemotherapy treatments due to its adverse effects on their child and instead sought alternative treatment options:

The child will remain in the custody of his grandparents. However, the state does still have the option of returning custody to the parents in the future, the judge said. Palermo said the ruling was not a punishment, but instead done to protect the child.

Instead of chemo, McAdams and Bland-Ball turned to medical marijuana and CBD oil — the increasingly popular cannabis extract that’s sold over the counter.

“He had vicious mood swings, making him violent, making him very emotional, and he also started to lose his hair right away after the first treatment,” Bland-Ball said of her son in an interview with “Good Morning America” in August.

“Dr. Bijal D. Shah, head of the Moffitt Cancer Center’s acute lymphoblastic leukemia program, said the current protocol for treating acute lymphoblastic leukemia has a 90 percent cure rate for patients who follow the treatment plan,” the report adds.

McAdams and Bland-Ball are continuing to contest the state for custody over their child and have held multiple court hearings but it is unclear how much, if any, progress has been made.

The story is sparking some controversy online as people are arguing for the different sides involved. Was the state right to intervene to protect the life of the child or were the parents in the right to seek alternatives to mainstream medicines?