Bring Elijah Home

Update posted by Simona Mona On Dec 01, 2017

***UPDATE***We had the first taste of victory and justice as it was decided by the court that baby Elijah could go home!

I arrived at the courthouse for the shelter hearing today ready for a long day of waiting through testimony. To my surprise the doors of the courtroom opened after only about 20 to 30 minutes of court being in session. We had the first taste of victory and justice as it was decided by the court that baby Elijah could go home with his mom (Diamond) and dad (Ari) TODAY!

I witnessed the pure joy on Diamond’s face as she was wheeled out of the courtroom knowing that she would be able to hold, nurse, and bond with her baby today. The church members, friends, and family cheered, hugged, and cried as the news spread through those of us that had hunkered down for the long haul. The news came so quickly that it took a moment for it to all sink in and then people went into action and planning. There was an excited shout, “We have to get the carseat!”

I have witnessed an incredibly supportive church family lead by pastor Brenden Biggs. Under his direction, the church had come together with a plan of 24 hour assistance for the family and the court agreed. According to state statute, the longest that this agreement can be in place is 3 months.

We were not told facts specific to this case as it cannot be shared at this time. We do know that the legal procedure would be this: First there is a shelter care hearing. At this point, there can be a resolution reached which stipulates that there is a reason for the Dept to be involved. Part of allowing an agreement like this means that the party is then able to get the child back immediately. The case moves toward a pre-trial, then an adjudicatory hearing within 30 days (after the removal of the child). The parents can agree to move the hearing but the hard date is 3 months. The resolution put forth can stay in place for 30 days, but no later than 3 months. At 3 months a new resolution needs to be written or the case dismissed. The resolution can also be dismissed at anytime.

Pre-trial hearing is set for Dec 18th at 1:30 pm. The adjudicatory hearing set for Dec 22 at 9am. Of course, these times can be subject to change and we will notify you of any changes.

This is a time to celebrate! It is also a time for the family to bond as a new family should. They have things to learn especially Diamond as she learns how to mother Elijah with a disability. This is no small task but now she has the opportunity to do this, as I would imagine that she intended, with the guidance and care of those that love her.

As for the rest of us, we need to look into the heart of this issue which is the systematic overreach of the department. It is imperative that people know their rights and how to enact those rights from the beginning of a situation before it escalates. We plan on educating ourselves and you as we delve into the law and the protection that it can provide. We must do so keeping in mind that our human rights and parental rights are NOT granted to us by the government but by our Creator.

You can do your part. Please donate $5, $10, $25... As this is not over. The family will have financial needs as they move through this process.

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Update posted by Simona Mona On Nov 30, 2017

The decision hearing is at 0800am tomorrow not 0900am as was previously scheduled! Please come and support this family if you are able. We anticipate a decision to be made in this hearing, then anticipate the adjudicatory hearing to be held, 30 days from tomorrow's hearing. Yesterday the decision was made for Diamond to change representation from their hired attorney to her public defender. Their hired attorney will continue to represent Ari. It is not clear why this decision was made. But Ari and Diamond seemed satisfied with the decision.

Hearing address 205 N 4th Street, CDA ID

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Update posted by Simona Mona On Nov 30, 2017

***UPDATE RE BABY ELIJAH***

They are keeping everything close to the vest, per attorney instruction. I’m actually going to be at the hearing on Fri. I’m looking forward to meeting everyone and hopefully hearing that the court decides to reunite this family.

I’m sure that we don’t know everything. We do know that she is disabled. This would require accommodation and assistance. Didn’t they have plenty of time to work through that during the pregnancy? They couldn’t have figured out accommodations and assistance where needed? I’m sure, since this didn’t take place, hospital staff had concerns when they saw a disabled mother struggling to care for her son. Wouldn’t that have been the perfect time to bring in help, maybe someone that has experience with parents that have cerebral palsy. Hospitals do have such people, I checked.

There is no indication of drug abuse or criminal activity of any kind. I get asked this question a lot.

The mother lives with the father and the baby’s grandfather. She has plenty of hands to help her but family doesn’t count. As if anyone hired would would deliver the same kind of attentive care as a loved one.

One of the reasons that I was drawn to this case is that on top of having 2 capable adults she has a church family that is very close. I heard from folks that knew people that went to school with her and knew her for years. By all accounts they didn’t think she was a harm to the baby and would be happy to help if needed. It sounds like she is beloved and the community supports her tremendously. This is not something I believe the state should intervene with as this kind of devotion comes from love NOT tax payer dollars.

I would like to remind you that parental rights are GRANTED to us by neither the hospital nor the state. These are our God given rights with which you should not interfere. If a government department is given the absurd right to determine that a mother is not fit because she has an illness, where would you stop asserting that control? What if the parent is blind? What if the parent has cancer? What if the parent breaks an arm in a car crash? Would they deem these scenarios appropriate to remove ones own child from a loving home? I’m sure that you see the slippery slope that this can become when an entity determines that it can dictate the appropriate physical condition of a parent.

We also know that the entire tone of hospital staff changed the minute that the parents made it clear that they were not going to vaccinate baby Elijah. CPS arrived shortly after.

I hope that helps to bring understanding. I’m sure that more facts will come out as they move through the case. Given that our human and parental rights come from God, we should exhaust all possible remedies before even considering taking a child from his own parents. From my observations and discussions, that did not happen here. ~Miste

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Update posted by Simona Mona On Nov 29, 2017

Another emotional day for Diamond, Ari and their community in court today. There have been a couple new developments we'd like to share with you:

Starting off with the best news first. Diamond and Ari will be allowed to see the baby for a little while tomorrow!!!! This will be the first time since last Wednesday, 11/22 when Elijah was just 2 days old, that the Mehlhoff's will be able to lay eyes and hold their sweet baby. This will be bittersweet for the Mehlhoff's as they will also need to say goodbye after just a short time. There is also a scheduled home visit to be done today. We were really pleased to hear that there is talk of coordinating a way to get breastmilk to the baby. Many of you have been asking about this. Diamond has been faithfully pumping and saving her supply. We at HFI feel that this is also a very crucial part of the baby's development and anxiously hope that this materializes.

There is another short hearing at 0800am tomorrow -Thursday 11/30- @ 205 N 4th Street CDA, ID 83814. And a decision hearing on Friday 12/[email protected] 0900 (changed to 0800am, see latest update). If you are able to, please come support this young family who have already been through so much. Prayers, well wishes, donations all very much appreciated.

Please remember that because this is an ongoing case and a case that also involves a minor there is very little information that can be publicly released. All involved, any questions, media, news, etc. are being directed through their attorneys. Health Freedom Idaho will continue to report on public details as they become available. Thank you so much for your support for this family.


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I posted this on FB when my friend shared your story...the people from all corners of this country need to fight back against this unconscionable act, because this mindset is spreading like wildfire and families are being torn apart only to benefit the system: This is criminal. And it’s happening all over the country. CPS is out of control and overstepping their boundaries. And Senator Pan in California is introducing bills that take away nearly all parents rights to decide how we want to raise our children or what is good for them. There is a Facebook group this family should join. I’ll post this go fund me link there. Attorneys who help and people who are going through similar traumatic events. I will help, and share. I pray this baby be reunited with his heartbroken parents immediately.

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Praying.

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Praying, heart is broken for them but the enemy must cease and desist in all his maneuvers and the Lord will raise up an army of people to fight this. And, the enemy actually thinks he can pull this off in Idaho, good luck with that.

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I'm praying for your family and that right will be done.

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