by Health Impact News/MedicalKidnap.com Staff
A trial began this week for a mother who was separated from her baby
after the 4-month-old mistakenly received a Gardasil-9 vaccine intended
for her older brother.
Anita reads to Aniya at a recent visitation. Photo supplied by family.
The Texas Department of Family and Protective
Services seeks to convince a jury to terminate the parental rights of
Anita Vasquez for her now 22-month-old daughter, Aniya Blu Vasquez.
Jury selection began on Monday, June 18, 2018, for the trial which is expected to last up to 2 weeks.
We originally reported their story in June of last year:
Infant Accidentally Vaccinated with Gardasil – Mother Blamed for Vaccine Injuries and Baby Medically Kidnapped
The previously healthy baby, Aniya, began showing symptoms of
problems almost immediately after getting the shot, a vaccine which is
not approved for use in children under 10 years of age.
Her mother sought medical attention for the symptoms that her
daughter exhibited, asking each practitioner about the connection
between the symptoms and the Gardasil-9 shot that her baby should not
have received, but her concerns were rebuffed at every turn.
No doctor that saw her daughter wanted to admit that the shot could have any kind of side effects.
The doctor who made a medical error in giving her the vaccine has
suffered no consequences, but the baby’s family has been ripped apart.
Previously health baby Aniya’s health declined after her doctor
mistakenly gave her the Gardasil-9 vaccine. Photo supplied by family.Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy Accusation to Cover up Gardasil Injury?
Instead, the mother was accused by doctors and social workers of
Munchausen syndrome by proxy (today usually called “factitious
disorder”), a diagnosis that has become a convenient scapegoat to accuse
parents, usually mothers, of children who are vaccine injured,
medically complex, or victims of medical malpractice.
It is a difficult accusation to fight, since even Munchausen experts
recognize that the symptoms of Munchausen syndrome by proxy, or “medical
child abuse” as it is sometimes referred as, are remarkably similar to
those of parents who are seeking medical help for children with
difficult medical conditions.
Dr. Marc Feldman, who is considered to be a leading authority on the
subject of Munchausen syndrome by proxy, says that the very fact that a
mother protests and defends herself and her child is perceived as a
further indication of her guilt. It is a lose/lose scenario, he told Health Impact News. (see article).
The very criteria for diagnosing MSBP are prejudicial, according
to Dr. Helen Hayward-Brown, a medical anthropologist from Australia. The
profile criteria “lacks scientific credibility” and “is being used by
medical practitioners to hastily condemn women.”
In a paper entitled, “False and Highly Questionable Allegations of Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy,”
which Dr. Hayward-Brown presented to the 7th Australasian Child Abuse
and Neglect Conference in Perth, she lists behaviors that are listed
among the diagnostic criteria for MSBP and shows how these could
actually apply to any normal, innocent parent, especially one with a
medically complex child.
Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy – A False Diagnosis to Blame Parents for Vaccine Injuries and Deaths
Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy Label Destroys Families – Covers Up Vaccine Injuries
As we continue to report at Health Impact News, the safety
of the Gardasil vaccine has come under fire by many countries around the
world. The lives destroyed or ended, after the vaccine, continue to
stack up while mainstream media and doctors ignore the dangers. A
recently published study linked the Gardasil vaccine to infertility.
In this case, a family could be forever-separated as a side effect of the shot, unless the jury finds in favor of the mother.
Baby Aniya and her mother Anita Vasquez. Photo from Justice for Aniya Facebook page.
The Victoria Advocate
is covering the story of the Vasquez trial.
Jurors began hearing a case Monday that will ask them to
determine whether a toddler’s illness was the result of endangerment
from her mother or the accidental injection of an HPV vaccine.
Attorneys for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services are
suing Victoria mother Anita Vasquez, 36, to terminate her parental
rights for 22-month-old Aniya Blu Vasquez. They claim the child
struggled to gain weight and was hospitalized for severe medical
problems because of her mother’s actions.
“I would like a hashtag movement (called) #KeepAniyaSafe,” said
Shelly Merritt, an attorney representing the state, to jurors. “It’s
what she deserves.”
Note: this seems to be in response to the #BringAniyaHome twitter
hashtag that family and supporters have been using as they post in
social media and share the story of the medical kidnapping of Aniya.
But Vasquez’s attorney, Chris Branson, of Houston, told
jurors the allegations against his client were “nonsense” and based on
He also asked jurors to hold state attorneys to the strict burden of
“clear and convincing evidence” that they are required to meet when the
custody of a child is at stake. That burden, one lower than the
beyond-a-reasonable-doubt requirement used in criminal cases, is the
highest available in civil court.
Anita and her daughter during a recent visit. Photo supplied by family
During the jury selection process Monday morning, Judge Jack Marr said the trial could take as long as two weeks.
Branson said he planned to call as many as 14 witnesses. Attorneys
for the state and Barron declined to comment, and a Texas Department of
Family and Protective Services spokeswoman did not answer phone calls
Anita Vasquez, who is a registered nurse, first took the stand after
jurors were selected, describing Aniya’s battle with persistent health
problems in 2017.
Vasquez said those problems manifested after a Victoria doctor
accidentally administered to Aniya an HPV vaccine meant for her
After the mistake, Aniya suffered not only physical symptoms such as
fever and weakness but also psychological changes, such as lip smacking
and staring spells, Vasquez said.
Doctors don’t know the cause of Aniya’s illness and have no reason to accuse Vasquez of endangerment, she said.
Note by Health Impact News: Although CPS has argued that her
health problems disappeared, there is evidence that she continued to
experience health issues after going into state custody.
There was at least one occasion that the fosters took Aniya to the
emergency room that the family learned about. The mother has been denied
medical information about her daughter in foster care.
The photo below was taken during a visit while Aniya was in state
care. Her family described her as lethargic that day, and her eyes
showed that she was not feeling well.
Grandma Mary holds baby Aniya on her 1st birthday during visitation. Photo provided by Vasquez family. Read the full article at Victoria Advocate.
Supporters have set up a Facebook page called Justice for Aniya
for the public to follow Aniya’s story.