Mort v. Lawrence County Children and Youth Services, et al.

Newborn taken from mother after she falsely tests postive for drugs because of eating a poppy seed bagel

Court/Assoc.: United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania

Attorneys/Firms: Patricia Dodge (Meyer, Unkovic & Scott); Sara Rose & Witold Walczak (ACLU of Pennsylvania)

The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania filed a federal lawsuit on October 28, 2010, on behalf of a New Castle couple, Elizabeth Mort and Alex Rodriguez, whose newborn daughter was seized and held for five days by Lawrence County Children and Youth Services (LCCYS) after the mother failed a hospital drug test because she had recently eaten a bagel with poppy seeds.

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