When our 3-month old son awoke one night, his little body was radiating with the heat of a high fever — more than 103 degrees. So we took him to the hospital. What followed was an aggressive investigation that coalesced into a bogus child abuse accusation and two social workers from the Department of Children and Families (DCF) seizing our screaming children from their beds in the middle of the night.
When we rushed our infant son, Cal, to the emergency room, a chest X-ray revealed a small, healed fracture on his rib cage. We had no idea how it happened, but the hospital workers determined it to be the result of trauma, suggestive of abuse.
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