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High-needs boy stuck in ER amid growing child welfare pressure in Minnesota


October 24, 2022

Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia has boarded a child with severe autism and aggressive behaviors for seven months. Such cases are causing problems for more hospitals in Minnesota.

A distressing situation is unfolding inside the emergency department of Ridgeview Medical Center in Waconia, where a 10-year-old boy with severe autism and aggression has been confined for seven months.

Foster and group homes can't handle him, so county guardians keep sending him back to the ER, the one place obliged by law to take him in. Without schooling or specialized therapy, the boy and staff are stuck in a cycle of confrontation. Run-ins with nurses, support staff and security guards have compelled some workers to quit and left others bruised and injured.

"This kid, he's just created total chaos in the area back there," said one ER worker involved in the child's care who asked not to be identified for fear of losing their job. "We're all just feeling very helpless, hopeless."


Reader Comments(3)

Mindbender writes:

CPS is in tatters. The level of severity, drugs, mental heath, and number of cases is soaring. Result, CPS workers are asked to engage in liable activities without county or state support, in part leading to mass resignations despite salary increases. Who do you know that would open themselves to charges and suits with no one having their bacToo many positions are open. The State of Minnesota must take immediate action to help children and CPS by a total system evaluation and restructuring

Babble0n writes:

This is so incredibly sad. And it highlights the lack of resources we have available for things like this. Where is his family? Where are the social workers? Where is CPS? How can this child basically be thrown away? How... How... How... This is absolutely awful! Awful 😞😞😞 😡😡😡😡🤬🤬🤬🤬🤬🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯🤯🙈🙉🙊🚨🚨🚨🚨

SadGrandmaInMN writes:

I wish I could take this little boy in. Where are his parents? You don't have a child and then just throw it away cuz ithasproblems.


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