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April 11, 2013

Custody Battle Over HIV Treatment for Baby in Minnesota

A legal battle has ensued between a Minnesota family who want to take their HIV-positive 4-month-old boy off antiretrovirals and the Mower County prosecutors who are demanding the baby stay on his medications, reports the Star Tribune. The Nagel family said that they fear their grandson might suffer on meds, and that they saved their now 22-year-old daughter’s life by taking her off treatment when she was young. Baby Rico’s custody first became an issue when his parents, Lindsey Nagel and John Martinez, missed a nutrition appointment for their son in January. Within days, child protection officials removed him from his family’s home, claiming he was medically neglected. County District Judge Fred Wellman must decide whether he can trust the child’s ongoing treatment to his family.

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