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Infant is returned to blind couple after state places her in protective custody

Erika Johnson will never be able to see her baby, Mikaela.

But for 57 days she couldn’t keep her newborn close, smell her baby’s breath, feel her downy hair.

The state took away her 2-day-old infant into protective custody — because Johnson and Mikaela’s father are both blind.

No allegations of abuse, just a fear that the new parents would be unable to care for the child.

On Tuesday, Johnson still couldn’t stop crying, although Mikaela was back in her arms.

“We never got the chance to be parents,” she said. “We had to prove that we could.”

via Infant is returned to blind couple after state places her in protective custody – KansasCity.com.

What a terrible injustice. So glad that Mikaela is back at home! Why not offer support if there’s concerns about safety instead of immediately jumping in and removing the child?

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