Joshua McAdams and Taylor Bland-Ball have temporarily lost custody of their 4-year-old son Noah McAdams. A Hillsborough Judge ruled that Noah will stay with his maternal grandparents while he continues to receive chemotherapy and treatment for his leukemia.
The issue first arose when Joshua and Taylor decided to stop Noah's treatment plan in favor of alternative and homeopathic medicines, against doctor's orders. Noah has acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a cancer of the blood.
The parents stopped going to chemotherapy appointments and eventually left the state with their son. Police found the family in Kentucky following a missing child's report and removed Noah from the home.
A Hillsborough Judge ruled that he will remain in the care of his grandparents, and continue the treatment plan developed by a doctor.
Florida law states that in a life and death situation, the state can mandate medical treatment for a child.
Noah's parents will have visitation rights and may be able to be reunified with their child after a psychological evaluation down the road. They have 30 days to appeal the judge's decision.