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Year-old girl was committed to mental health facility without parent consent

Year-old girl was committed to mental health facility without parent consent”

After Falk learned her daughter was taken to a mental health institution without her input, she said she felt a wide range of emotions, but most of all, she felt "helpless".

It allows law enforcement officers, school counsellors and medical personnel to petition for someone who is perceived as being a danger to themselves or others to be institutionalised for 72 hours.

But what exactly is the Baker Act and how can a child be held without the permission of her parent? 'She had the meltdown at school she was pushing over chairs, screaming yelling and running away from the teacher, ' Falk said, according to "There's nothing else you could do for my 6-year-old?" When she was taken to that hospital to be locked away in this isolation, seclusion room. She goes to the school because of its special needs teaching, she said.

Her mother told the school about the medication change, but she says the school never mentioned any issues before the incident February 4.Body camera video released by the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office shows the moment two officers exited the school with the girl, holding her hand and leading her to a police cruiser.When the girl asks if she's going to jail, an officer responds, "No" and tells her not to throw any more chairs.Moments later, the officer is heard saying, "She's been actually very pleasant."I think it's more of them not wanting to deal with it", another officer replied, according to the video.The school district said officers were not present during the "events" that led to the school to call Child Guidance or when Child Guidance was intervening with the student."It was the mental health counselor from Child Guidance, not the police officer or school personnel, who made the Baker Act decision", the district said in a statement".

A police incident report shows that staff at the school said Nadia was "destroying school property, attacking staff, out of control and running out of school". The little girl in the back seat of her squad vehicle, inquiring about snacks and stopping for candies, was calm and bright-eyed despite her worry she was going to jail. "You're not going to jail". "The police officers were also not present when Child Guidance was intervening with the student", Pierce said.

The deputy is also heard talking to another officer about Nadia's behavior while she is in custody.

Her partner agrees. "I consider it is much more of them just not understanding how to offer with it", he suggests, showing to allude to persons from the college.

It's a field trip, the officer tells Nadia.

The family's attorney says they're planning to file a civil lawsuit, and says Nadia won't be returned to Love Grove.

Nadia's mother, Martina Falk, said she wasn't notified about the incident until a third-party crisis-intervention organisation called her.


"She's my everything and I love her, and I'll do anything to protect her and other children with disabilities", Falk told Jacksonville station WJXT.

Falk said a resource officer told her she'd need to get in contact with the psychiatric hospital. 'Mommy, they locked the door. "Six-year-old kids have tantrums". 6-year-olds have tantrums. 6-year-olds with special needs have tantrums.

Reeves also said that the facility injected Nadia with Thorazine, an anti-psychotic drug.

When it comes to the Baker Act, there is little distinction made between the treatment of adults and children, Florida DCF said. Law enforcement reportedly drove Nadia to the hospital while Falk says she was not made aware of the situation until after the decision to transport her was made.

"I think it's more of them just not knowing how to deal with it", the other officer says.

"We were clear in our earliest public statements that the student walked calmly out with the principal and the officer to the police vehicle". But it can also cut the other way, illuminating unevenness in the application; the alleged gunman in a shooting in Parkland was not detained under the law despite concerns from school officials a year before the 2018 massacre, The Post reported.

"When a student's behavior presents a risk of self-harm or harm to others, the school district's procedure is to call Child Guidance, our crisis response provider", Duval County Public Schools said in a statement to ABC News. "The student was calm when she left the school, but at that point, Child Guidance had already made the decision to Baker Act based on their intervention with the student".

A spokesman for Duval County Public Schools said that the decision was made by Child Guidance, a private company, that receives cash from Florida's Department of Children and Families. "Our staff followed that procedure". "We really want to try to resolve Nadia's educational status so she can go to school", Reeves told "GMA". The judgment to Baker Act rested completely with the mental health professional.

'We can not speak on behalf of Child Guidance regarding decision making in this matter, but we have already requested a leadership meeting with Child Guidance to review this situation'.

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