Idaho Residents Show Support for Homeschooled Teen Medically Kidnapped – Mom Continues Fight in Court

For the last 7 months, 16-year-old Brandon McCreery has been separated from the only family he has ever known. After being medically kidnapped by St. Luke's Children's Hospital in Boise, over false allegations of medical abuse by his mother, Kristine, supposedly refusing to feed him, Brandon has spent the majority of 2019 in foster care. Desperate to be reunited with her son, and prove the allegations false, Kristine McCreery has sought answers and help from anyone she could find. After the Idaho Department of Health & Welfare and the 3rd District Guardian Ad Litem program refused to listen, and several different attorneys failed to speak for her, Kristine became frustrated and angry with the system. Unable to get anywhere with anyone associated with her son's case, she has turned her anger into a relentless passion and renewed her fight for her son. Since the State wouldn't actually help her, Kristine decided to help herself and turned to her new neighbors in Idaho for their help too. Their story went public on Wednesday, July 10th, 2019. To Kristine and her family's surprise, this young mother's cry for help was met with a monumental outpouring of support from Idaho residents. Kristine appears in court again Tuesday, July 16th for a review hearing on the CPS case. The court is set to decide the permanency plan for Brandon, which appears to be leaning towards not returning him to his mother. But Kristine isn't giving up. She plans to represent herself in court and demand her evidence be heard by the judge. She says, "I am hopeful that I will at least have a chance to be heard. I pray that Judge Tucker will see the truth in my words and Brandon's medical records, and finally send my son home to us." Court support and another rally have been planned for Tuesday to show community outrage over this situation.

Idaho Homeschooled Teenager with History of Medical Issues Removed from Mother Against His Will Due to Child Abuse Doctor Testimony

Brandon McCreery was always a small child, and had always been in the care of his mother, who diligently worked with doctors to find solutions to his medical needs. They moved to Idaho in 2017 in search of better health care. After being diagnosed with influenza, lab tests revealed Brandon had Celiac Disease, which was probably a contributing factor to his constant battle to put on weight. However, a psychological evaluation was ordered and his case was referred to a Child Abuse Specialist at St. Luke’s Children's Hospital in Boise. A short time later, Brandon's mother was being charged with child abuse, and Brandon became a victim of Medical Kidnapping, where his own voice in the matter was suppressed. His mother was further charged with educational neglect for homeschooling Brandon, and he was forced to attend high school even though he had already fulfilled all high school requirements and graduated at age 16.